Boundary River Fire Update for 7-3-19

The Boundary River Fire (#362), which started by lightning on June 23rd, is estimated at 14,187 acres, as of Tuesday night. It is located 40 miles southeast of Tok. This 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 is burning in black spruce, tundra and short grass. It is “extremely active”, though daily morning smoke inversions are helping moderate fire behavior. Warmer, drier weather is forecast to prevail for the rest of the week and fire activity is expected to increase.

Firefighters have made progress on point protection of cabins and other key values at risk, around the Northway village and nearby Tribal allotments. Today there will be a reconnaissance flight to allow the Operations Chief to evaluate the fire from the air.

A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the fire area, which includes drones. More information on the TFR can be found at https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_5784.html.

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