Department of Natural Resources Press Release -
Tyonek Fire firefighters turn their attention to Beluga
(Palmer, AK) – The Tyonek fire on the west side of Cook Inlet was active most of Tuesday evening. It is still estimated to be about 1,500 acres. The fire had initially run to the south ahead of a north wind, but currently it is more active on the north side. At some point overnight the fire burned 3 structures, including a cabin and 2 outbuildings.
There are 3 crews and 3 helicopters assigned to the fire. Two retardant air tankers are also working to slow the advance of the fire.
The crews working on the ground at the north end of the fire preparing for any significant fire movement toward Beluga. The Division of Forestry crews and members of the Nikiski FD are working to create “defensible space” are cabins, and a compressor station.
Some firefighters remain in place on the south end of the fire, but the evacuation order for the Village of Tyonek has been lifted. Residents of both Tyonek and Beluga are being asked to remain vigilant and to be ready to move if the fire gets closer to either built up area.
Alaska Fire Information: http://akfireinfo.com
DNR on Social Media: http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/social_media.htm
DNR Public Information Center: http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/pic/