Moon Lake Complex July 3, 2013
Incident: Moon Lake Complex Wildfire
Water-scoopers worked on the Moon Lake Fire yesterday to slow the movement toward the Tanana River. Fire activity amplified due to down-sloping winds late in the afternoon. The majority of the acreage gain was in the northern perimeter, moving the fire into the Tanana Valley State Forest. There is a possibility of a burnout operation today on the western perimeter to secure the Alaska Highway if weather conditions permit. Fire managers are concentrating on containing the fire to the north and to the east of the Alaska Highway.
The Tetlin Junction Ridge Fire is currently 2155 acres and is approximately 28% contained. Fire operations have established “spike camps” to reduce crew transport times to the fire line. Crews and equipment continue to arrive to secure the southwest fire perimeter to minimize growth towards Tetlin Native Corporation, the Alaska Highway and the Taylor Highway.The remaining four fires are located in remote, non-populated areas. Limited protection management areas are designed for broad, landscape-scale areas where the low density and wide distribution of values to be protected best allows for fire to function in its ecological role. Site-specific action may be taken as warranted. Some increase in fire activity was observed on the remote fires by aerial monitoring yesterday.
ROAD CONDITIONS:The Alaska Highway and Taylor Highway are both OPEN. Drivers are urged to use caution and drive slowly around wildfire personnel and equipment. Information on road 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 Center) at #907-365-5511.