Summary: Warm, dry, and gusty winds passed over the Clear Fire area yesterday. There was some active fire behavior inside the perimeter; however, all firelines held, and no fire growth occurred. Helicopter bucket drops kept the fire in check inside the southern perimeter. The weather will start to transition tomorrow to cooler temperatures and higher humidities.
Weather: We’re looking at another warm day with a high of 74F, relative humidity at 33%, and southerly Chinook winds at 15-20 mph, gusts to 35-40 mph. Increasing clouds later this morning will lessen the drying effects of the Chinook winds. Tonight, may bring one – two tenths of an inch of wetting rain over the fire area.
Operations: Fireline construction along the southern perimeter is nearing completion. Three hot shot crews will continue this work today, and one crew will return over the next several days to complete this mission.
Firefighters are patrolling and mopping up hot spots along the fire’s eastern perimeter. As work is completed, fire equipment is backhauled off the line in preparation for transition of the incident to a Type 3 organization in the next 5-7 days.
There was no fire growth along the western perimeter with yesterday’s winds, and aerial patrol of this area will continue today.
Helicopters are available to support today’s work with water bucket drops if needed.
Fire suppression repair work continues across the fire area for the next several days. These efforts are proceeding ahead of schedule.
A Temporary Flight Restriction remains in place over the fire area. All non-mission aircraft and drones must avoid the area outlined in the TFR for the safety of aircraft supporting the Clear Fire and firefighters on the ground. Information on the TFR is posted at https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_2_6281.html.
Sheltering & Evacuations: Contact the Denali Borough at (907) 683-1330, visit denaliborough.org or follow www.facebook.com/denali.borough
Fire Loss & Suppression Repair: Contact the Denali Borough at (907) 683-1330
Other Fire Information: Alaska Fire Information, (907) 356-5511; akfireinfo.com, and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry and www.facebook.com/BLMAFS
Categories: Active Wildland Fire, AK Fire Info, Alaska DNR - Division of Forestry (DOF)