From the Alaska Division of Forestry –
May 27, 2014
Tyonek fire receives steady rain
(Tyonek, AK) – The Tyonek Fire, which started May 19th and burned between the villages of Tyonek and Beluga, is currently mapped at 1,906 acres. No additional growth is expected. The fire is considered to be 85% contained, and full containment is expected by end-of-day Wednesday.
On Monday, crews continued mop up in all divisions of the fire and began back haul of unused or no longer needed equipment. Operations for today will focus on final mop up and completing back haul. Sufficient equipment is being left in place to support a Type 4 Incident Commander and at least one hand crew who will remain to patrol the fire for an undetermined period of time after WIMT #3 leaves.
The Tyonek Fire began to receive light but steady precipitation during Monday night. This forecast to continue for the next few days.
No serious injuries have occurred on this fire to date. However, a significant safety concern for firefighters continues to be standing trees which have been weakened by the fire and may topple in the windy conditions being encountered. The local communities are being informed that, while falling crews have dropped these trees where safe to do so, this condition will remain in some locations and should be considered by anyone in the fire area during windy conditions.
Significant numbers of resources have been reassigned to the Funny River Fire on the Kenai Peninsula. A total of 196 personnel are still assigned to Tyonek this morning.
A community meeting will be held this evening at 6:30pm in Tyonek.