Chalkyitsik Complex Update: 55% Completed

Fixed wing aircraft transporting crews. Credit: Kale Casey, AKIMT

Fire managers consider the western perimeter of Frozen Calf Fire between Chahalie and Ohtig lakes to be contained, reducing the chances of fire crossing it toward Chalkyitsik. The 16.5-mile containment line, construct of hand line, dozer line and natural barriers will continue to be patrolled and monitored by firefighters assisted by drones. Mop up is complete around cabins along the Draanjik River as far up as Doghouse Cabin. Mop up continues on the Small Timber Lake Fire and around cabin sites at Dahteh and in the area of Nelson Lake. Assessments of cabins and allotments along the Porcupine River are being made in the areas of Joe Ward and Henderson sloughs.

Fireline checks by bike Credit: Structural Protection Group

Winds will continue out of the southwest Tuesday with high temperatures in the mid 70s. Areas of smoke can be expected. Air Operations in Chalkyitsik reported clear visibility at the 8 a.m. morning briefing. Scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecast but should remain east of the fire. The next decent chance for wetting rain looks to be Thursday as a weather system moves in from the west.

Besides fixed wing aircraft shuttling crews in and out of the Chalkyitsik airport, helicopter and boat operations on the Complex, mountain bikes have been used by Division
Supervisors to check progress along some of the fireline construction.

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