Moon Lake Complex July 4, 2013
Incident: Moon Lake Complex Wildfire
The Moon Lake Fire experienced shifting winds yesterday that resulted in fire spread west towards the Tanana River. The Pioneer Peak IHC (Interagency Hotshot Crew) were deployed by Fire Operations to do reconnaissance along the river. Additional crews and equipment continue to arrive. Fire managers are concentrating on containing the fire to the north and to the east of the Alaska Highway.
The Tetlin Junction Ridge Fire was actively burning yesterday to the north. Helicopter bucket work supported hand crews in the efforts of containment on the northwest perimeter. Crews continue to secure fireline along the fire’s south and east flanks. Firefighters are making good progress achieving the objectives to minimize growth towards Tetlin Native Corporation Lands, the Alaska Highway and the Taylor Highway.
Firefighters ask that Alaskans to celebrate responsibly this 4th of July. With all the hot dry weather we have enjoyed, the fire fuel is primed for ignition with just one spark. The use of fireworks has been discouraged by Tok Area Forestry. Here are some other wildfire prevention tips:
• Never leave a campfire unattended. Completely extinguish the fire—by dousing it with water and stirring the ashes until cold—before sleeping or leaving the campsite.
• When camping, take care when using and fueling lanterns, stoves, and heaters. Make sure lighting and heating devices are cool before refueling. Avoid spilling flammable liquids and store fuel away from appliances.
• Do not discard cigarettes, matches, and smoking materials from moving vehicles, or anywhere on park grounds. Be certain to completely extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them.
The Alaska Highway and Taylor Highway are both OPEN. Drivers are urged to use caution and drive slowly around wildfire personnel and equipment. Additional information: http://511.alaska.gov.
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 #907-356-5511.