New lightning-start fires in the Bristol Bay region as firefighters secure Levelock

Smokejumpers responding to a new fire reported Sunday evening outside of Ekwok were diverted to another new fire about 7 miles northwest of King Salmon. Rain showers and thunderstorms with light and variable winds were reported in the area as personnel on aircraft looked for the Kaklong Creek Fire (#776) reported 2-3 miles southwest of Ekwok. The flight was then redirected to the Pauls Creek Fire (#777) where eight smokejumpers were deployed. The fire was very active and smokejumpers worked into the early morning. This morning, the Pauls Creek Fire was estimated to be 20-25 acres with moderate fire behavior under the morning fog. A request for two water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft has been placed for assisting ground forces today.

In Levelock firefighters continue to increase the width of their containment lines protecting the village and airstrip. Significant fire behavior was observed on the south end of the fire but fire activity near the village of Levelock was reported to be minimal.

Smoke rises from the Levelock Fire on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2019, south of the village of Levelock along the Kvichak River as seen in this aerial photograph. Lydia Funk/Alaska Division of Forestry

The suppression plan for the Levelock 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 this week calls for occasional, isolated showers but no significant wetting rains

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