Despite beneficial weather patterns, crews in southwest AK alert for increased fire activity

July 09, 2022, 9:30 am

The Lime Complex consists of two staffed fires and sixteen unstaffed fires. The total size of the combined fires is 785,539 acres, and there are 158 resources assigned to the complex, an area covering 21 million acres. Each of these fires was caused by lightning. All unstaffed fires are monitored for growth and potential threats to identified values.

Highlights: Since the start of the Lime Complex Fire, the logistics section has shipped 2,900 gallons of fuel; 373 miles of hose; 254 mark 3 pumps; and 37,800 pounds to sites around the complex. Aircraft are scheduled to fly a rappel crew out to a couple sites for assessments today, along with additional supplies. Fire activity should be limited to smoldering in unburned interior fuels and isolated heat along fire perimeters, with increased smoldering and creeping as the area warms and dries.

This aerial image shows a portion of the defensive firing operation in the vicinity of Lime Village. (photo courtesy of Karen Scholl, Alaska Incident Management Team)

Weather: Yesterday morning began cloudy across the complex, with dense fog and/or rain in some areas, but the weather cleared up and dried out throughout the day. Winds remained gusty in the Iliamna region but light in the vicinity of Lime Village. Today should be warmer across the complex with lower relative humidity values. There is a chance of increased instability in the Lime area, with a small potential for rain and thunderstorms developing later in the day. Iliamna is not forecast to receive any precipitation.

Staffed Fires in the Complex

Door Mountain Fire (#244) – 84,434 acres.Resources in the North Point Protection Group will continue to mop up around Lime Village. The mop-up standard for the burn-out around Lime is 100%. Galice and Garden Valley modules will continue with allotment protection measures near Trout and Tundra Lakes.

Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240) – 271,861 combined acres. Crews have relocated to a camp on the Mulchatna River that will provide better access to the remaining work. The Grand Ronde rappel module will be inserted into the fire today to assist with the remaining allotment missions on the Koktuli River.

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. Remember – the fire area is a no-fly zone for private drones – if you fly we can’t.

Public Information Map for the Lime Complex Fire July 9, 2022

Unstaffed Fires in Monitor Status

Dummy Creek Fire (#247) ~ 179 acres; Cabin Creek Fire (#193) ~ 74 acres; Gagaryah River Fire (#197) ~ 38,087 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; South Lime Lake Fire (#190)/Swift River Fire (#228 ~ 88,502; Door Creek Fire (#273) ~ 28,528 acres; Hook Creek Fire (#188) ~ 4,275; Aghaluk Mountain (#206) ~ 115,620; Upper Talarik (#205) ~ 7,986 acres

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