Chalkyitsik Complex: minimal growth, replacement fire crews arrive

The Winema Hotshots of Oregon cover the pile of their personal gear bags as a thunderstorm moves in after they arrived at the Chalkyitsik Airport on Thursday, July 25, 2019.
The Winema Hotshots of Oregon cover the pile of their personal gear bags as a thunderstorm moves in after they arrived at the Chalkyitsik Airport on Thursday, July 25, 2019.
Sam Harrel/AKIMT

Today, fire crews from Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are arriving in Chalkyitsik and North Dakota and Chief Mountain crews are returning to Fairbanks for flights back to the Lower 48.    

Fire fuels are still extremely dry and can transition to crown fire with very little wind, even after rain. Even after 1 inch of rain, the Buildup Index of fuels will be at extreme levels of dryness.

Fire crews are continuing to work to secure the western perimeter between Chahalie Lake and Ohtig Lake and complete firing operations south of Chalkyitsik along indirect dozer line to the southeastern corner of Ohtig Lake.

White Mountain Crew heading into work

Focus is also on development of indirect line options to the north of Chahalie Lake to protect the allotment on the northwest shore and keep the fire from flanking existing lines and pushing west towards the community.  Crews will continue to secure the perimeter of the Small Timber Lake Fire #687. Boat operations and movement of crews along the Draanjik River corridor have been impacted by low water levels. Deep burning fuels is making mop up operations difficult.

Chalkyitsik Fire July 28, 2019
Chalkyitsik Fire July 28, 2019

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