As weather continues to moderate over the Lime Complex fire area, crews remain ready for defensive actions

July 03, 2022, 9:30 am

Koktuli River Fire #240 remains active. Photo credit: Janet Moser, Alaska IMT

The Lime Complex consists of eight staffed fires and ten unstaffed fires. The total size of the combined fires is 778,877 acres and there are 198 resources assigned to the complex. Each of these fires were caused by lightning. All unstaffed fires are monitored for growth and potential threats to identified values.

Highlights: Poor visibility due to increased cloud cover and smoke limited the use of aerial resources yesterday. Fire weather conditions are expected to improve today which should provide additional support to evaluate and reinforce structure protection measures. Pre-planned defensive actions may be implemented as values at risk become threatened.

Weather: The cold front continues to move very slowly east and did bring some light rain to the south and western sides of the complex yesterday. Increased cloud cover and smoke helped moderate fire activity. Much of the same is expected today, with mostly cloudy skies and an occasional shower possible but no appreciable rainfall is expected. Temperatures will remain in the 50s and 60s with slightly below average RHs and winds will be terrain driven ranging from 6-10 mph.

Staffed Fires in the Complex

North Point Protection Group consists of the South Lime Lake Fire (#190)/Swift River Fire (#228), Door Mountain Fire (#244), Door Creek Fire (#273) and the Hook Creek Fire (#188) – 199,825 combined acres.If visibility improves today, the North Point Protection Group will assist with operations south of Lime Village near Fire #244. Indirect line is in place around Lime Village along with pumps and sprinklers that continue to be reinforced. Fire managers continue to monitor and assess the current conditions on the ground to determine if pre-planned defensive actions need to be implemented as values become threatened.

Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240) – 271,114 combined acres, Lightning starts. The fires are 35 miles north of Iguigig. They received some precipitation yesterday and were less active than on previous days. Resources continue to engage, mopping up where necessary, securing portions of fire that still pose a threat to values at risk, and scouting further out to identify and verify values at risk in advance of any future growth.

Aghaluk Mountain (#206) – 115,620 acres, Lightning start, point protection and structure protection are ongoing. The fire remains 51 miles east of Aniak. Fire activity has been minimal so resources from this fire continue to provide support to fire #228 as well as planning for future threats in the area.

The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place over the southern portion of the planning area near Lake Iliamna. Aerial water drops and logistical air support remain active in this area when smoke and weather allow for safe flying. Fire Boss planes are working out of Lake Iliamna, as well as helicopters and other aircraft providing support to firefighting resources on the ground. Please avoid this airspace for public and firefighter safety.

Public Information Map for July 3rd

Unstaffed Fires

Dummy Creek Fire (#247) ~ 179 acres; Cabin Creek Fire (#193) ~ 74 acres; Gagaryah River Fire (#197) ~ 38,086 acres; Kiknik Fire (245) ~ 45,734 acres; Maka Creek Fire (#207) ~ 1 acre; Nushagak River Fire (#189) ~ 10 acres; Stony River Fire (#198) ~ 39,166 acres; Telaquana River Fire (#216) ~ 7,791 acres; Titnuk Creek Fire (#246) ~ 53,291 acres; Upper Talarik (#205) ~ 7,986 acres

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Categories: Active Wildland Fire, AK Fire Info, Alaska DNR - Division of Forestry (DOF)

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