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Retardant tankers slow spread of lightning-caused wildfire burning near Tok Cutoff

July 13, 8 p.m. – The spread of a lightning-caused wildland fire burning near Mile 50 of the Tok Cutoff has been slowed with assistance from air retardant tankers. The 40-acre Cutoff Fire was less than a mile from the scenic 125-mile highway that connects the Alaska and Richardson highways between Tok and Glennallen but […]

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Tetlin River Fire expected to be fully contained this weekend

July 1 – Full containment of the 818-acre Tetlin River Fire near Tok is anticipated by this weekend, according to fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry. There are still approximately 100 personnel working on the fire but that number has been dropping daily and will continue to do so as crews and miscellaneous […]

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Better mapping results in 200-acre decrease in Tetlin River Fire; crews continue mopping up

June 22, 2016 – Due to more accurate mapping, the Tetlin River Fire south of Tok is actually about 200 acres smaller than previously estimated. A mapping mission on Tuesday showed that the fire is actually 818 acres instead of the approximately 1,000-acre figure that was being used, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. […]

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Crews still contending with hot, dry, windy weather on Tetlin River Fire

Wildland firefighters battling the 1,000-acre Tetlin River Fire south of Tok continued to make good progress putting in containment lines around the perimeter of the 1,000-acre Tetlin River Fire about 20 miles south of Tok on Tuesday but they are being challenged by difficult weather conditions and harsh terrain. After a brief respite of cooler, […]

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Cooler, cloudier weather helping firefighters get handle on 1,000-acre Tetlin River Fire

Wildland firefighters took advantage of cooler, cloudier weather on Monday to start putting in containment lines around the perimeter of the 1,000-acre Tetlin River Fire about 20 miles south of Tok. The fire did not receive any precipitation on Sunday or Monday and the higher humidity the past two days has helped moderate fire activity. […]

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Tetlin River Fire grows to 1,000 acres; firefighters still protecting Tetlin community

Firefighters on the ground and in the air are continuing to battle the Tetlin River Fire near Tok and their efforts to protect the community of Tetlin have been successful thus far. The Tetlin River Fire grew to approximately 1,000 acres on Saturday with increased fire activity on the northwest and southwest corners, which pushed […]

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Tetlin River Fire estimated at 700 acres; continues to pose threat to Tetlin village

The Tetlin River Fire near Tok is now estimated at approximately 700 acres and continues to pose a threat to the village of Tetlin as more than 100 firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service work to contain it. More crews were expected to arrive on the fire today and […]

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Tanana Slough Fire near Dot Lake is 40 percent contained

4:00 p.m. – The Tanana Slough Fire by Dot Lake between Delta Junction and Tok is now 40 percent contained. Hot and dry weather supported active fire behavior yesterday, with group torching of trees and short crown runs observed. However, acreage gain was held to 10 acres on Friday. The fire is now 730 acres […]

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Quick response, wind shift help firefighters control fire that escaped from Northway dump

3:00 p.m. – The Moose Creek Fire started Friday afternoon at the dump at Northway, which is located about 50 miles southeast of Tok by the Alaska Highway. The fire quickly spread through black spruce and threatened one structure until a wind shift slowed the fire. Firefighters responded with both air and ground resources. Three […]

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Healy Lake Fire at 4,000 acres and still growing

6:15 p.m. – The Healy Lake Fire southeast of Delta Junction has nearly doubled in size and is expected to keep growing. As of Thursday morning, the fire was estimated at approximately 4,000 acres but that number is expected to increase significantly as the fire continues moving east without any direct suppression effort. Managers are […]

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