Dry conditions keep Tokaina fires active south of Glenn Highway near Tazlina Lake; state forestry monitoring

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.

The Tokaina 2 Fire as seen from the air on August 27 shows the proximity of the fire to a cabin (in bottom left corner of photo) on the south end of High Lake. Photo by Matt Kampf

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.

A map showing the location of the Tokaina Creek, Tokaina 2, Tokaina 3 and Tokaina 4 fires burning south of the Glenn Highway near Tazlina Lake. For a downloadable PDF version of the map that can be enlarged click on this link https://akfireinfo.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/map-of-tokaina-fires.pdf

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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