Levelock Fire estimated at 250-300 acres

7 p.m. Levelock Fire Update

Smokejumpers, aided by villagers operating bulldozers, are still working to keep a fire from reaching the Bristol Bay area village of Levelock Monday afternoon. Firefighting personnel aboard the plane that delivered the smokejumpers had a rough estimate of the fire size at between 250-300 acres.

Smokejumpers reported the dozer line on the south and west sides of the town were effective at keeping the Levelock Fire at bay. However, the fire is threatening a dozer line constructed on the southwest side of the village where the fire reached the new dump. The eight Alaska smokejumpers set up a pump hose lay to help protect the village of about 70 residents. The fire started to the northwest of the village, but was pushed by winds south along the west side of Levelock. Unfortunately, visibility is hampered by the smoke in the area.

Some residents decided to evacuate the village earlier today including elders and children – especially people that could have respiratory issues due to the thick smoke in the area. Some evacuated by boat to nearby communities.

More information will be released as information become available.

About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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