Weather is cooperating with crews fighting the Bitter Creek fire along the Alaska Highway, 30 miles southeast of Tok. The 2300 acre fire was ignited by lightning. It’s now estimated to be within one mile of the highway.
According to the State Division of Forestry, the fire showed minimal growth Tuesday, but it is threatening Air Force and Homeland Security Communication sites.
One additional Hot Shot crew, three small crews and an additional helicopter moved in to help fight the blaze Tuesday. Warmer and dryer weather conditions are forecast for later in the week.
To date no structures have been damaged or destroyed and no firefighters have been injured. Smoke impact to motorist along the Alaska Highway has also been minimal.