(Palmer, AK) – The Tyonek Fire started May 19th and burned 1,906 acres between the villages of Tyonek and Beluga. Containment of the fire was achieved yesterday by fire personnel. Containment status of a wildfire means that a control line has been completed around the perimeter of the fire. Containment does not necessarily mean the fire is out. Smoke is possible from interior smoldering pockets of unburned vegetation.
A Type 4 Incident Commander and a 20 person hand crew will extinguish any remaining hot spots in the interior of the fire area and patrol the containment line. The process of breaking down camp and removing equipment and supplies from the fire line will continue throughout the next few days as crews and overhead personnel are released from the incident.
The Tyonek Fire has changed the forest between Tyonek and Beluga. Please be especially careful in this new environment.
- Burned trees: Shallow roots systems have burned and standing dead trees (called snags) will be falling down, especially in high winds.
- Ash pits: White ash on the ground may indicate deep pockets of hot ash where roots and ground vegetation have burned and may be continuing to burn below ground level.
- Retardant Cleanup: Retardant used to protect homes and resources is non-toxic and actually has a fertilizing agent. It can be cleaned up with water, but may require a low-pressure spray or scrubbing on windows and vehicles.
- Children and pets should be carefully supervised to avoid potential hazards in the burned area.