Chalkyitsik Complex: 57% completion, rain expected

Members of the Tanana Chiefs Crew organize their packs and equipment on a Draanjik River gravel bar Saturday, July 27, 2019, as they move to another work area on the Chalkyitsik Complex. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team
Members of the Tanana Chiefs Crew organize their packs and equipment on a Draanjik River gravel bar Saturday, July 27, 2019, as they move to another work area on the Chalkyitsik Complex. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

NEW: Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) Lifted: No TRF over fire complex

Firefighters made significant progress on securing and strengthening lines across the fire complex Thursday.  Moderate fire behavior was experienced across the complex with interior burning and activity on the western perimeter near the Grass River (Bearnose Hill Fire).  The Small Timber Lake Fire continued to burn very deep requiring intensive mop up activities by firefighters.  The Tractor Trail 2 Fire burned on the western perimeter near the Sucker River.

Friday, firefighters are continuing to secure containment lines around the 150 acre slop over near the Chahalie Slough. Crews are also deployed along the Draanjik River corridor on east side to mitigate any fire hazards and set up structure protection to allotments and permitted cabins. Containment of the Small Timber Lake Fire is expected on Saturday.

Hazard trees and falling snags (dead standing trees) within the fire perimeter are a safety risk to crews. Deep burning makes trees very unstable and likely to fall even in the absence of wind. The forecasted rain of ½ inch for fire area is predicted to reduce the Build Up Index and moderate fire behavior.

WEATHER: Friday: Mostly cloudy, areas of smoke and fog with a maximum temperature of 62F. Rain developing by afternoon. Southwest winds 5-8 mph gusting to 15 mph. Saturday: Cloudy. Areas of smoke and fog. Rain showers with a maximum temperature of 67F. Southwest winds 9-14 mph.

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