Tetlin River Fire now 5% contained, no further growth expected

Members of the Fairbanks #1 crew mop up along the perimeter of the Tetlin River Fire on...
Members of the Fairbanks #1 crew mop up along the perimeter of the Tetlin River Fire on Monday, June 20, 2016. Alaska DNR/Division of Forestry Sam Harrel (KTUU)
Published: Jun. 21, 2016 at 8:38 PM AKDT
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The threat of a 1,000 acre wildfire to the small village of Tetlin is diminishing as growth of the blaze continued to stagnate Tuesday afternoon, the Division of Forestry said in a press release.

The Tetlin River Fire was five percent contained as of late Monday night and no further growth is expected, forestry officials say. Although firefighters are making progress on the fire, dry conditions on Tuesday coupled with high winds did cause some flare ups, which were quickly extinguished by three water-dropping helicopters.

“Unlike other parts of the Interior that have received rain in the last few days, no measurable precipitation has fallen in the Tok area and conditions continue to be hot and dry with gusty winds,” the Division of Forestry wrote in a press release.

The arrival of four more fire crews on Tuesday brought the total number of personnel working the fire to nearly 300, DOF said. Crews are expecting to have hoses placed around the entire perimeter of the fire to begin mop-up operations soon.

Firefighters are also focusing on cutting down burned trees that are prone to falling down and endangering people nearby. The Division of Forestry says some trees have fallen into the Tetlin River, which is being used for boat-transport of firefighters and equipment.