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The Tabert Lake Fire is burning west of Lake Louise and Little Lake Louise in the Copper River Basin. The fire was started by lightning on July 31, 2013. Weather conditions in the Copper River Basin have been unusually hot and dry all summer.
On August 13, the fire made a substantial run to the north and the smoke column was visibile from much of the western part of the valley. The Alaska Division of Forestry ordered two water-scooping air tankers with aerial supervision and the aircraft worked to cool the east flank, which was approximately four miles from the edge of Lake Susitna.
On August 14, two air tankers dropped twelve loads of retardant, and four "scooper" aircraft worked the east side and north end of the fire. The aerial resources were effective and the fire had limited growth.
On August 15, a Type 3 management organization took command of the fire. Incident personnel worked with the Lake Louise Volunteer Fire Department and local residents to perform site assessments.
The 1,360-acre fire began to receive wetting rain on Saturday evening, August 17. The Type 3 management organization downsized on Sunday and demobilized Monday after finishing up site assessment work with the Lake Louise Volunteer Fire Department around Little Louise, Louise, Susitna, and Tyone lakes.
|Date of Origin||Wednesday July 31st, 2013 approx. 03:45 PM|
|Location||Community of Lake Louise|
|Incident Commander||Michael Trimmer|
2 Timber (grass and understory)
Fire spread is along fingers branching west and northwest from the northeast area of the fire. Fire behavior was backing, creeping and smoldering with a breeze from the north.
Fire was remapped at 1,360 acres. The Type 3 organization will downsize Sunday, August 18.
Assessment of structures along Little Lake Louise, Susitna Lake, and Lake Louise will continue. Continue to monitor fire movement and map fire's edge. Develop management action points for potential action in the future.