Monday’s damp weather and overcast skies helped to moderate fire behavior on the Boundary River Fire burning approximately 40 miles southeast of Tok.
The Boundary River Fire (#362), started by lightning on June 23, is estimated at 15,000 acres as of Monday night, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire is burning west of the Nabesna River, approximately 9 miles southwest of the village of Northway and 19 miles southwest of Tetlin.
The fire area received about one-tenth of an inch of rain on Monday to help calm fire behavior but warmer, drier weather is forecast to prevail for the next week and fire activity is expected to increase.
Fire managers on Monday began a transition to primarily point protection of cabins and other key values at risk. A structure assessment and plan for the village of Northway is also being formulated in the event it is needed. Two crews were positioned in Northway on Monday to begin assessing structures there. There are 110 personnel assigned to the fire.
The Tok Area Forestry office is providing a helicopter for the incident to use when available for the Boundary River Fire and another helicopter is scheduled to arrive at the incident on Wednesday to assist with water drops and logistical missions.
A public meeting was held in Northway on Monday night and another public meeting is scheduled in Tetlin tonight at the Tetlin Tribal Hall at 6 p.m.
A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the fire area. More information the TFR can be found at https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_5784.html.