Bitter Creek Fire grows closer to Alaska Highway
(Tok, AK) – The Bitter Creek fire is active on the all flanks but is mainly growing to the southwest. The fire is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Northway.
Fire managers’ priority is to keep both the public and firefighters safe. Because the fire is burning through dry black spruce, it has resisted large-scale control efforts. The firefighting resources will focus their efforts on protecting human life and property.
Division of Forestry wildland firefighters and engines will be operating between milepost 1264 (Northway Junction) to 1280 (Bitter Creek) due to the proximity of the Bitter Creek Fire to the Alaska Highway. Drivers are urged to use caution and drive slowly around wildfire personnel and equipment. Motorists are asked to slow their speed and drive with their headlights on if conditions become smoky. Highway information is available at http://511.alaska.gov/alaska511/mappingcomponent/index.
A new fire, located five miles northwest of the Bitter Creek Fire, was reported Sunday afternoon. A helicopter and crew from the Division of Forestry are responding to the new start.
For more information on the current fire situation, please call the Division of Forestry Information Office at 907-356-5511 or visit http://fire.ak.blm.gov