Additional Alaska crew joins fight against Levelock Fire

Firefighters continue making good progress securing firelines on the Levelock Fire (#752) to protect the village of Levelock and the airstrip. Crews are increasing the width of containment lines to 100 feet during their mop-up operation. Firing operations to remove burnable vegetation will continue as needed and as weather conditions allow. An additional Alaska emergency firefighting crew will arrive at the fire today. The Kusilvak crew will join crews from Hooper Bay and Chevak and BLM Alaska Smokejumpers to continue widening containment lines around the village.

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An aerial reconnaissance mission yesterday mapped the fire at approximately 7,800 acres. The suppression plan for the fire calls for point protection of the community and airstrip. Other portions of the fire will be left to natural progression. Should additional assets be threatened, point protection measures will be enacted. Interior areas of the fire and perimeters away from the village continue to burn and produce smoke. This will continue until prolonged rains arrive in the area. The forecast for the next week calls for occasional, isolated showers but no significant wetting rains.

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