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Alaska Highway Bitter Creek Fire Update June 6


Bitter Creek

INCIDENT UPDATED 11:36 a.m. June 6, 2013

Approximate Location

63.178 latitude, -141.961 longitude

Incident Overview

(Tok, AK) – The Bitter Creek Fire is being managed by a Type 3 organization with Clinton Northway as the Incident Commander. Firefighters are working to construct fireline on the southwest corner of the fire to stop its progress to the south - toward the Alaska Highway. The fire moved very little sine Sunday 6/2/13 is still 1 mile north of the highway at the closest point. The fire is located about 30 miles southeast of Tok and 15 miles northwest of Northway. Since the Bitter Creek fire was caused by lightning there is a chance that there are other smoldering fires that have not been discovered yet.

Firefighters working near the Alaska Highway have been advised to watch out for vehicle traffic and we ask that drivers traveling the highway slow down and expect to see people and equipment working near the road. Additionally, we ask that local residents be extremely careful with, burn barrels, barbeques and other fire sources around their homes. Remember - burn permits are required for any debris burning. Local residents who need advice on what they can do around their homes to make them more fire-safe may contact the Tok Area Forestry office for help according to Jeff Hermanns, Area Forester.

The highway remains open and visibility has not been significantly affected by smoke. If necessary flaggers and pilot cars will be used to keep traffic moving.

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday May 31st, 2013 approx. 02:15 PM
Location 9 miles NW of Northway Junction, AK
Incident Commander Clinton Northway

Current Situation

Total Personnel 161
Size 2,256 acres
Percent Contained 12%
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday June 11th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Black Spruce mixed with hardwoods and litter.

Fire Behavior

Creeping, smoldering, and individual tree torching.

Significant Events

Home assessments and preparation completed along the Alaska Highway.


Planned Actions

Crews continue to secure fireline on the southwest flank.

Growth Potential


Terrain Difficulty



Weather trending to hotter and dryer.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 9-13 mph SW
Temperature 60 degrees
Humidity 43%
National Wildfire Coordinating Group U.S. Forest Service Bureau of Land Managemen Bureau of Indian Affairs Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service National Association of State Foresters U.S. Fire Administration
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