Firefighters protecting village of Levelock

Persistent, dry conditions are keeping the Levelock Fire (#752) active near the community of Levelock. Firefighters continued mopping up and improving firelines on Thursday that were put in to protect the village and airstrip. Smokejumpers, with the help of Alaska emergency firefighter crews from Hooper Bay and Chevak, are conducting tactical firing operations north and south of town and along the airstrip. By burning off from their control lines, firefighters are removing the fuel between the village and the main fire. The control line is a combination of hand and dozer line, as well as natural features such as sloughs and lakes.

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The fire is now estimated at 5,500 acres. The suppression plan for fire calls for point protection of the community and airstip. Other portions of the fire will be left to natural progression. Should additional valuable assets be threatened, point protection measures will be enacted.

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