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Type 3 management organization takes command of Tabert Lake Fire

(Lake Louise, AK) – A Type 3 organization that includes Incident Command, Operations, Plans, Logistics, and Information personnel is in place to manage the Tabert Lake Fire. The Incident Command Post is being established at The Point Lodge at mile 17.2 of Lake Louise Road. A public meeting will be held at 1:00 on Saturday, August 17 at the Lake Louise Lodge at mile 16.1 of the Lake Louise Road.

The Tabert Lake Fire is burning west of Lake Louise and Little Lake Louise in the Copper River Basin. The Incident Commander flew the fire Thursday afternoon and provided updated information. It is approximately 1,186 acres and mildly active on the western portion of the perimeter. Efforts were taken yesterday by retardant and water-dropping air tankers to cool the eastern side of the fire. Within the perimeter, the fire is smoldering and creeping with single tree torching.

Winds are light and from the east, and the fire was receiving a trace of precipitation at the time it was flown. While spread potential is low under the damper conditions, fire personnel are paying close attention. The Copper River Basin continues to have unusually warm, dry conditions that have resulted in active fire behavior. Weather forecasts are calling for cooler, damper conditions through early next week which should lead to minimal fire activity.

A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the fire for five nautical miles and 5,000 feet; it does not include the Lake Louise airstrip. The details of the TFR are available at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.jsp.

An Inciweb page http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3644/ has been created and will be updated daily. In addition, information is available at the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website http://fire.ak.blm.gov. The Mat-Su Borough and Alaska Division of Forestry social media pages will also include information. For information, please call 907-356-5511/907-590-4038 or email tabert.lake.fire@gmail.com.

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