UPDATE 8:30 p.m. – Air tankers have boxed the fire in with retardant and aircraft are still dropping water on the Tulsona Creek Fire to slow its progress. The size of the fire is now estimated at 35-40 acres.
The Alaska Division of Forestry is currently attacking an emerging wildfire along the Tok Cutoff near Gakona.
The Tulsona Creek Fire (#436) is burning in black spruce a mile and a half north of mile 14 of the Tok Cutoff. The fire was reported at about 1 p.m. and had grown to 40 acres as of 4 p.m., according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.
Two air tankers and two water-scooping aircraft are making retardant and water drops on the fire in an attempt to keep it contained and a helicopter is also being used to drop water on the fire to slow its spread. Eight smokejumpers have also been deployed on the fire.
The fire is about 2 miles east from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) antenna site.