The Alaska Division of Forestry is continuing to monitor a group of four wildfires burning south of the Glenn Highway near Tazlina Lake.
The Tokaina Creek, Tokaina 2, Tokaina 3 and Tokaina 4 fires are all burning in close proximity about 15 miles south of the Glenn Highway and 30 miles southwest of Glennallen. At an estimated 4,980 acres, the Tokaina 2 Fire is the largest and most active of the four fires.
Persitent dry conditions in the Copper River Basin have produced active fire behavior in recent days and smoke from the fires is visible from the Glenn Highway. The Division of Forestry’s Valdez/Copper River Area office has been receiving multiple reports of the fires and wants to assure the public the fires are being monitored.
Both the Tokaina Creek (823 acres) and the Tokaina 2 Fire have been burning since July 17. The Tokaina 3 Fire (156 acres) started on August 9 and the Tokaina 4 Fire (0.2 of an acre) was discovered on August 28. All but the Tokaina 4 Fire are burning in Limited protection areas; the Tokaina 4 Fire is burning in a Modified protection area.
A helicopter is being used to make water drops on the southeastern edge of the Tokaina 2 Fire to keep it from impinging on private property around cabins on the south end of High Lake. Pumps, hose and sprinklers have been set up to protect the cabins and there are two personnel in the area monitoring fire activity.
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