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Governor Parnell Visits Tok, Thanks Firefighters

June 19, 2010, Tok, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell traveled to Tok to meet with community leaders, forestry officials and firefighters who battled the Eagle Trail fire. The 18,000-acre fire, sparked by lightning on May 26, had threatened the nearby community of Tanacross and a subdivision of Tok. Now it is more than 80 percent contained.

"Alaskans are proud of the fire crews who put themselves in harm's way to protect the citizens of Tanacross and Tok," Governor Parnell said. "The excellent coordination saved lives and minimized destruction."

The governor thanked community leaders and firefighters and others for working together to provide public safety and accommodations during the fire. Both the Division of Public Safety and the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities worked with local forester Jeff Hermanns and the Type II fire team leader Rob Allen in a near seamless coordination to protect residents and keep the Alaska Highway open and safe for travelers.

The governor also inspected the Tanacross airport and reviewed the progress at the new Interior Tok Fire Academy.



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