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.