#AboutMountainFire near McGrath reports containment increased again today and is now at 90% and remains 2,135 acres. By end of shift today, there will be 33 resources assigned to Pat Johnson’s Type 3 Incident Management Team. These resources include the Division of Forestry’s Pioneer Peak Hotshots and 8 smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service. The two Type 2 contract crews who demobilize today are being transported on the Kuskokwim River to McGrath by local boat operators.
Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew worked cutting open thick and complex areas of white spruce along the heel of the fire and will continue exposing areas of heat and mopping up today. Two smokejumpers again utilized packrafts as necessary to access heat in sloughs and beaver ponds while also serving as lookouts for the strong winds yesterday, which sustained at 20-30 mph. As you can see, pictures from a reconnaissance flight at 5:00pm confirmed that interior heat within the 300 foot perimeter produced smoke where exposed to the wind.
An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) with operator has been ordered and will begin work Friday by providing key aerial mapping for hot spots and areas of concern. These areas will be addressed by remaining resources over the weekend and into the early week. The use of the drone reduces risk and exposure to fire crews.