Fireworks start wildfire near Gakona

Firefighters scrambled early Thursday morning to put out a wildfire burning near the Copper River that was ignited by fireworks.

The .5 Tok Cut-off Fire (#389) started below a bluff overlooking the Copper River. Fireworks aren’t prohibited in the area despite a burn suspension in place for open debris piles and burn barrels. The Copper River Area has been experiencing near red flag conditions this week due to the hot, dry and windy weather, making conditions conducive to fire starts and rapid fire growth.

Firefighters from the Glennallen Volunteer Fire Department, Glenn Rich Fire and Rescue and Alaska Division of Forestry quickly arrived on scene and suppressed the fire. The fire was considered controlled and contained at 4:13 p.m. Thursday. It’s located 36 miles south of the the Chistochina River Fire (#381).

Fire officials caution people to be careful and not engage in activities that may cause a wildfire, such as lighting fireworks.

For more information, contact BLM Alaska Fire Service Beth Ipsen at (907)356-5511 or eipsen@blm.gov.

This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows both the .5 Tok Cut-Off Fire and the 36.5 Tok Cut-Off Fire.

This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows both the .5 Tok Cut-Off Fire and the 36.5 Tok Cut-Off Fire. Click on link for a pdf version of the map. 8-10-17 .5 Tok Cut-Off Fire

 

About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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