State forestry responding to 40-acre wildfire near Gakona

UPDATE 8:30 p.m. РAir 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.

A map showing the location of the Tulsona Creek Fire (#436).
A map showing the location of the Tulsona Creek Fire (#436). For a downloadable PDF version of the map go to Tulsona Creek Fire PDF map.

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.

The Tulsona Creek Fire near Gakona, Alaska on July 5, 2019. Division of Forestry Photo.

 

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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