Caribou Lake & North Fork fires update: Winds expected to challenge the flames

Aug. 20, 2019.Jay Walter/Alaska Division of Forestry

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Fire officials expect the wind to be a factor again when it comes to the Caribou Lake and North Fork fires.

Caribou Lake Fire latest

The Caribou Lake Fire is 10 percent contained and estimated to be nearly 800 acres.

Thursday, BLM Alaska Smokejumpers, Redding Hotshots and members of the Kachemak Emergency Services Area will work with dozers to construct line around yesterday’s slop-overs. There are no evacuation notices in effect for the residences around Long or Caribou lakes.

There are no immediate threats to nearby structures and aerial support will once again be available to firefighters on the ground.

North Fork Fire latest

Fire officials say the North Fork Fire had moderate fire activity Wednesday. Firefighters made very good progress on mop-up along the fire’s edge.

The fire remains at 59 acres and containment is 50 percent. Water tenders from Anchor Point Fire and Homer Volunteer Fire departments are assisting Alaska’s Yukon Type 2 Initial Attack Crew and Washington’s Zigzag Hotshots.

Because of the forecast winds, residents living along North Fork Road, north of the fire and in communities along the Diamond Ridge Road to the south, remain on a Level 1 “Ready” notice. A “Ready” alert is NOT a notice to leave.

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