Dry Thunderstorms Likely in the Clear Fire Area, New Fire Starts Possible

Three firefighters talking on the northwest side of the Clear Fire
Firefighters on the northwest side of the Clear Fire

A Red Flag Warning is in effect over the fire area this afternoon through Saturday afternoon due to the likelihood of dry lightning strikes. These lightning strikes could result in new fire starts in and around the fire area. No precipitation is predicted with the lightning, and temperatures are expected to remain in the low to mid-80s. Relative humidity will be in the mid-20s with south winds gusting up to 10 mph. Firefighting efforts may be hampered by dry lightning. Fire crews will be taken off the line and aircraft will be grounded if there are active strikes in the area.

Crews continue protection efforts for structures located east and southeast of the fire by “plumbing” properties with sprinkler equipment and constructing line in the area. This line of bare, mineral soil, serves as a barrier that is unreceptive to burning as the fire approaches.  

To the west, three separate areas of the fire grew together, however, forward progression of the fire in this area is slowed due to the wet fuels in the Teklanika riparian area. Further north, crews are completing chainsaw work, which will create more distance between the fire and unburned fuels in the area. In addition, crews are working to remove logs from the Teklanika River to aid future boat access and further secured the northern edge of the fire.  This will help in preventing the fire’s progression northward. Isolated torching is visible on the northeast portion of the fire.  

Another community meeting is planned for Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Anderson Fire Hall (911 D Street) and streaming live on the Alaska Division of Forestry Facebook page.  

Fire danger is extremely high as we approach the Fourth of July weekend.   Alaska’s Division of Forestry & Fire Protection (DOF) issued an Emergency Burn Closure Order as of midnight on July 1. This order restricts all burning at the state and local level that requires a burn permit. Learn more at akfireinfo.com, and please exercise caution with all ignition sources.  

The following evacuation notices are in effect:  

Ready (prepare your property): All areas including the City of Anderson, Clear, and Clear Space Force Station 
Set (ready “go bag”): All cabins along the Teklanika River that are between two and five miles of the current fire perimeter 
GO (grab your “go bag” and evacuate): All areas accessed by Kobe Road. All cabins along the Teklanika River that are within two miles of the current fire perimeter.  

Sheltering or evacuation-related information: Contact the Denali Borough at (907) 683-1330, see the Borough’s Facebook page or visit denaliborough.org   

All other fire information: Clear Fire Information, (907) 290-2921; Alaska Fire Information, (907) 356-5511; akfireinfo.com, inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8178, and on the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service Facebook pages. 

Clear Fire Map for July 1, 2022


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