High humidity and defensive burning reducing Lime Complex fire spread

July 05, 2022, 9:30 am

The Lime Complex consists of eight staffed fires and ten unstaffed fires. The total size of the combined fires is 782,468 acres, and there are 173 resources assigned to the complex. Each of these fires was caused by lightning. All unstaffed fires are monitored for growth and potential threats to identified values.

Highlights: Defensive burning operations are expected to continue today from a prepared fire line around the community of Lime Village after being halted yesterday due to high relative humidity values. Ground crews are being supported by aerial resources when possible as firefighters continue to secure the fire edge and reinforce protection measures. Reduced fire activity was seen across the complex yesterday, and we were able to do some flying in the southern portion of the complex and pull some equipment out.

Ground crews conduct defensive burning operations near Lime Village.
Photo credit: Bryan Quimby, Alaska Incident Management Team

Weather: Cloud cover and high relative humidity values were observed across the entire fire complex yesterday, with smoke clearing in some areas but remaining in others. There is a low chance of rain today and only in the vicinity of Lime. From Sleetmute west to Aniak, expect partly cloudy skies, with mostly cloudy skies elsewhere. The chance of widespread wetting rain is expected to increase tomorrow and Thursday, with additional rain Friday. Fuels are extremely dry though and could dry out again quickly, depending on the extent of the rainfall.

Staffed Fires in the Complex

South Lime Lake Fire (#190)/Swift River Fire (#228), Door Mountain Fire (#244), Door Creek Fire (#273) and the Hook Creek Fire (#188) – 203,037 combined acres.Defensive firing was not initiated yesterday due to the high relatively humidity values in the area, but crews are in place to complete the burn today if possible. Mop-up and patrolling of previously burned areas will take place. Resources will continue moving pumps and fuel tanks further up river banks in expectation of significant rainfall and rising water levels. They will scout out several allotments in the vicinity of fire 244 that have not been assessed to date.

Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240) – 271,493 combined acres. Lightning starts. The fires are 35 miles north of Iguigig. Resources are engaged in mop-up at several allotments within the fire footprint. Crews will continue to secure and patrol these areas and scout additional areas that need to be assessed.

Aghaluk Mountain (#206) – 115,620 acres. Lightning start. The fire remains 51 miles east of Aniak. Fire activity has been minimal. Resources continue to assist with point protection and structure protection on fires to the north.

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.

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

Fire Information: Phone: (907) 290-2699 | Email: 2022.limecomplex@firenet.gov | Facebook: facebook.com/AK.Forestry/ | Website: akfireinfo.com | Twitter: @AKforestry

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

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