Crew movement day as two Hotshot firefighter crews return to the Pacific Northwest and new firefighters arrive in Chalkyitsik. Minimal fire growth occurred across the complex on Wednesday as crews continue today to secure and mop up completed control lines. The Frozen Calf Fire perimeter increased to the northwest with interior pockets of fuel burning along Draanjik River corridor. Work continues mopping up around allotments, as the Bearnose Hill Fire has isolated burning in interior pockets of unburned fuel in the Grass River drainage and west of Tiinkdhul Lake. The Tractor Trail Fire has pockets of active fire along the western perimeter, especially in the southwest and along the Sucker River. Deep burning in fuels is causing intensive mop up work on the Small Timber Lake Fire. The Tettajik Creek Fire has seen limited fire behavior and no fire growth.
Hazard trees and snags (dead standing trees) within the fire perimeter are a safety risk to crews with today’s expected gusty winds. Crews are working in areas where forest fuels are still extremely dry and can transition to crown fire with very little wind even after a little rain.
WEATHER: Wednesday: Partly sunny with areas of smoke and high temperatures nearing 75F. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in afternoon. Thursday: Partly cloudy with numerous showers and Southwest winds around 15 mph.
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