Moon Lake Complex July 5, 2013
Incident: Moon Lake Complex Wildfire
The Moon Lake Fire Complex consists of 6 active wildfires including: #401 Moon Lake, #414 Tetlin Junction Ridge, #449 Big Timber Creek, #300 Dennison Fork, #357 Billy Creek, and #386 Ladue Fork. Several of the fires increased in acreage yesterday due to southwest winds, resulting in smoke columns that were visible from the Alaska Highway.
The Moon Lake Fire had a successfully planned northeast corner burnout yesterday, eliminating some of the blow down between the river and the fire perimeter. There was a two mile run to the north/northeast yesterday due to increased winds. The Blue Mountain Rappellers deployed into the Mansfield area to set-up structure protection. Numerous Type 2 and Hotshot crews are in position and assisting with keeping the fire away from the Alaska Highway and values at risk.
The Tetlin Junction Ridge Fire grew in acreage to the northeast creating heavy smoke conditions around the fire. Hand crews have completed line along the south flank and are continuing to build line on the northwest flank. As needed, helicopters support crews with bucket work. Firefighters remain effective with the objectives to minimize growth towards Tetlin Native Corporation Lands, the Alaska Highway and the Taylor Highway.
Big Timber Creek Fire grew yesterday by 2,700 acres, burning towards the north. No values are threatened at this time so it remains in monitor status. Smoke from the fire may be seen from the Alaska and Taylor Highways.
The following fires are being monitored daily by air attack:
#300 Dennison Fork- 5 acres
#357 Billy Creek- 8513 acres
#386 Ladue Fork - 5007 acres
Firefighters ask that Alaskans celebrate responsibly this 4th of July weekend. The use of fireworks has been discouraged by Tok Area Forestry, due to the hot dry weather we have enjoyed.
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 Fire Information at #907-365-5511.
Check out our inciweb site for new photos and fire updates. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3459/