Crews to secure fire line on Lime Complex, protect villages and allotments

July 06, 2022, 9:30 am

The Lime Complex consists of nine staffed fires and nine unstaffed fires. The total size of the combined fires is 782,468 acres, and there are 187 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: Visibility improved significantly yesterday providing an opportunity to resume burning operations along an indirect line around Lime Village with support of aerial resources. With a cold front moving in today and into tomorrow, decreased fire activity is expected. Crews will continue to secure fire edge and reinforce protection measures.

Firefighters from the Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack crew conduct defensive burning operations from a river near Lime Village. (Photo courtesy of Bryan Quimby, Alaska Incident Management Team)

Weather: A cold front will slowly sweep across the western portion of southwest Alaska bringing clouds and very light rain to areas west of Sleetmute. The front will continue eastward throughout the day and should reach Lime Village area this evening with increasing chance of rain into Thursday. Winds will remain light around 5-10 mph and terrain driven. Expect minimal fire growth due to cooler temperatures and increased moisture.

Staffed Fires in the Complex

South Lime Lake Fire (#190)/Swift River Fire (#228), Door Mountain Fire (#244), Door Creek Fire (#273), Hook Creek Fire (#188) and the Aghaluk Mountain (#206) – 318,657 combined acres.Defensive burning operations resumed yesterday off an indirect line around Lime Village. Visibility improved significantly so operations were supported by air attack and fire bosses. Crews will be securing fire edge and mopping up today. Firefighters are preparing defensive actions for allotments to the south out in front of Fire #244.

Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240) – 271,493 combined acres. Lightning starts. The fires are 35 miles north of Iguigig. Crews continue to mop-up and secure allotments along the southwest and northwest flanks. Resources patrol these areas to assess impacts and opportunities to reinforce protection measures already in place.

Upper Talarik (#205) ~ 7,986 acres. Lighting start. The fire is 16 miles from Iliamna. Some heat was observed on a finger along the eastern perimeter yesterday, so firefighters were inserted to assess and secure fire edge.

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

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