Boundary River Fire Update 7-5-2019

The Boundary River Fire (#362), which was started by lightning on June 23rd, is still estimated at 14,187 acres, as of Thursday 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 hasn’t moved significantly in several days.

Fire crews are currently implementing structure protection actions in and around all Native allotments north of the fire and the village of Northway. On the northeast side of the fire, direct handline is being constructed, and Thursday some helicopter water drops were used to address increased fire activity on the southeast corner of the fire. Evacuation plans for Northway are being drawn up in the event they are needed. Ready, Set, Go evacuation information will be forthcoming to educate the public.

Weather forecasts indicate a rise in temperatures well into the 80s with intermittent thunderstorms moving into the area. As the weekend progresses, relative humidity is expected to decrease below 30% and wind speeds will increase. This will create favorable conditions for increased fire activity and smoke.

A temporary flight restriction remains 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.

Earlier picture of the Boundary River Fire

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