Moon Lake Complex Update July 17, 2013
Incident: Moon Lake Complex Wildfire
MOON LAKE COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE
(Tok, AK) Cloudy skies and cooler temperatures have greatly reduced the fire behavior on all fires in the complex. The Tok area is currently receiving light precipitation. Crews are taking advantage of the weather to secure critical parts of the fireline before the return to dry conditions forecasted for this weekend. Blown down timber from last year’s winter storm continues to present challenges and safety hazards to crews along the fireline. Expect further updates only as significant events occur.
The Moon Lake Fire is located 24 miles west of Tok. Crews continue to improve and mop-up fireline in the northwest corner of the fire to prevent and advance to the west. Crews are also working to secure lines along the northeastern perimeter of the fire to prevent and eastern advance toward Mansfield Lake. The Mansfield Village area has been prepared for structure protection by creating defensible space around structures and installing hose lays and sprinkler kits which will remain in place throughout the summer.
The Tetlin Junction Ridge Fire is located18 miles east of the Tetlin Junction. Fire personnel have secured the fire perimeter to minimize growth towards Tetlin Native Corporation Land, the Alaska Highway and the Taylor Highway. Crews continue to improve and patrol portions of the northern perimeter.
The remaining four fires are located in remote, non-populated areas. Limited protection management areas are designed for broad landscapes with low potential of values at risk, and fire is allowed to perform its natural, ecological role. Site-specific action may be taken if values become threatened. Moderate fire activity was observed on the remote fires by aerial monitoring throughout the past two weeks.
Wildland forest fires in Alaska tend to burn in a natural mosaic pattern. Due to weather, terrain, and other factors there are often irregular edges to the fire’s perimeter and interior pockets of unburned vegetation remain. The burn patterns on the landscape from the Moon Lake Complex are a good example of this type of mosaic. Smoke is anticipated from interior pockets of unburned vegetation and hot spots along the perimeters.