by Ted Land
Friday, May 28, 2010
TOK, Alaska -- The Eagle Trail fire near Tok has now burned more than 4,000 acres very close to homes. So far no structures have been lost, which the Alaska Division of Forestry credits to many residents planning for the worst.
The key to fighting a wildfire is to think a few hundred yards ahead: find materials that might fuel it, and get them out of the way.
"Reminds you of the spring cleaning that you need to do around the house to keep the fires away," said Tok resident Jason Sakalaskas.
When the fire came within miles of his home, Sakalaskas took no chances.
"A little bit nervous, but lived here in Tok during the other fires and stuff like that, so just monitor and be as prepared as you can," Sakalaskas said.