Tanana Slough Fire 35 Percent Contained
Total burn closure in effect
Tetlin's "Beyond Extreme" fire danger sign.
Photo by Jim Schwarber
(Tok, AK) – Fire crews continue to make steady progress with containing the Tanana Slough Fire by Dot Lake. This fire is now 35 percent contained, 720 acres in size, and staffed with 168 firefighters. Lighter winds helped limit fire activity to creeping and occasional group torching of trees within unburned pockets of fuel. Firefighter actions today include employing pumps and hose lines to hold the fire on the island.
A total burn closure went into effect on June 19 for the entire Tanana River Valley due to the extremely dry and dangerous conditions. Red Flag Warnings for Interior Alaska are in place through midnight of Saturday.
With several larger fires burning in Interior Alaska, it is possible that air quality will get worse due to smoke. If you have any health concerns related to the smoke, you may want to consult with your local health provider.
Travelers on the Alaska Highway between Tok and Delta are requested not to stop on the narrow road shoulder to view the fire activity; instead, please use parking areas or pullouts where stopping is safe.
Everyone is encouraged to use extra care during any outdoor activity that could lead to a new wildland fire.