June 6 Update: Firefighters focused on Slathtouka fire (#431) located 18 air miles southwest of Alatna and Allakaket

Aerial view of the Slathtouka Fire (#431) on June 6, 2022.
Aerial view of the Slathtouka Fire (#431) on June 6, 2022.

The Slathtouka Fire (#431) was caused by a lightning strike on July 3. The fire is currently measured at approximately 1,900 acres, moving slightly north, and is about 18 air miles southwest of the communities of Alatna and Allakaket, on the east side of the Koyukuk River; about 6 air miles below the confluence of the Koyukuk and Kanuti (Old Man River) rivers.

Five smokejumpers and an Alaska Type 2 contract firefighting crew, K River 2, are currently coordinating the fire response until a Type 3 organization arrives on the scene in Allakaket. The Type 3 organization is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, June 7.

Several of the allotments between the Slathtouka Fire (#431) and the nearby communities were protected by firefighters in 2019. Firefighters responding to the Slathtouka Fire reinforced these protection lines and added plumbing protection for nearby structures on allotments over the past day.

For questions about the Slathtouka Fire (#431), the Alaska Joint Information Center can be contacted by phone, 907-356-5511, or email, akacc@firenet.gov.

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