Moon Lake Complex July 2, 2013
Incident: Moon Lake Complex Wildfire
MOON LAKE COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE
Moon Lake Complex consists of 6 active wildfires including; #401 Moon Lake, #414 Tetlin Junction Ridge, #300 Dennison Fork, #357 Billy Creek, #386 Ladue Fork/South Junction Ladue and #449 Big Timber Creek.
The Tetlin Junction Ridge Fire is located18 miles east of the Tetlin Junction. The fire is most active on the northern part of the fire. Currently the fire is 2155 acres and is approximately 5% contained. Firefighters continue to secure the southwest fire perimeter to minimize growth towards Tetlin Native Corporation, the Alaska Highway and the Taylor Highway.
The Moon Lake Fire is located 24 miles west of Tok. Due to more accurate mapping the acreage decreased to 9223 acres with 0% containment. Firefighters are focusing efforts on keeping the fire north of the Tanana River. Fire personnel will continue boat patrol of the Tanana River and use helicopters to do bucket work on the southeast corner where fire activity continues to creep towards the Tanana River. Additional crews have been ordered to assist suppression efforts.
Tok Area Forestry responded to a new lightning fire yesterday on Clearwater Creek Road. Fire personnel and aviation resources from the Moon Lake Complex assisted in the initial response efforts. The fire was controlled at 2.5 acres and is expected to be contained by today.
The other four fires in the Moon Lake Complex were flown by air yesterday. Limited fire growth was observed and no values are currently threatened.
To ensure both the public and firefighters safety, we ask that residents familiarize themselves with the Alaska Firewise program and take measures to protect their homes and property. The Firewise Guide is available online at, http://forestry.alaska.gov/pdfs/firewise09.pdf or at your local Division of Forestry Area.
The Alaska Highway is OPEN. Drivers are urged to use caution and drive slowly around wildfire personnel and equipment. Updated information on travel conditions can be found at http://511.alaska.gov.
The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the school in Tok, Alaska. Information updates are posted on local bulletin boards in town. Local residents are welcome to call or visit us at the ICP.
For a statewide perspective on the current fire situation you can view the AICC website at http://fire.ak.blm.gov or call JIC (Joint Information Coordinating Center) at #907-365-5511.