Boundary River Fire Update 7-6-2019

Low relative humidity and hot temperatures produced an increase in fire activity on the Boundary River Fire (#362) on Friday. The lightning-caused fire that started on June 23 is now estimated at 15,250 acres as of Friday night.

The fire is located 40 miles southeast of Tok and is burning west of the Nabesna River, approximately 9 miles southwest of the village of Northway.

A 25-acre spot fire was reported on Friday but water drops from aircraft  were able to bring it under control.  Additional hand lines were created, along with the widening of cleared areas around structures. The local Tanana Chiefs Type 2 Initial Attack Crew and the Lucky Peak (Idaho) helicopter rappel crew are working the fire’s hot spots and conducting cleanup near the fire’s perimeter. The evacuation plan for the village of Northway was completed.

Creeping and smoldering flames, along with isolated torching, continue to be the fire’s pattern of growth. Crews will continue point protection efforts with the intent of completing them by Saturday. An evaluation of weather and the terrain near the fire’s perimeter will determine the next phase of the team’s firefighting strategy.

With warmer and drier weather forecasted, fire and smoke activity are expected to increase in coming days. Smoke from the 22,000-acre McArthur Creek Fire (#133) burning along the Alaska/Canada border about 40 miles to the east is contributing to the smoke seen by residents and visitors across this part of the wide valley. More information on the McArthur Creek Fire may be found at https://akfireinfo.com/.

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.

Smoke from the McArthur Creek Fire contributing to smoke in Boundary River Fire area.

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