Extreme weather increases fire activity

A firefighter monitoring the fire. Skies are filled with a smokey orange haze.
A firefighter monitoring the fire. Skies are filled with a smokey orange haze.

Summary: High winds with gusts measuring up to 43 mph moved over the fire area yesterday. The winds created hazardous conditions for firefighters, blowing down numerous trees across the fire and grounding helicopters. There was no fire growth despite several days of warmer temperatures and Chinook winds that led up to yesterday’s extreme weather over the fire area. Fire activity increased in island timber pockets, and smoke was visible across the interior of the fire perimeter. Control lines held around the fire’s edge, and the fire did not increase in size. Rainfall over the fire last night ranged from .28” to .58”. The moisture will greatly reduce fire behavior.  

Weather: It will be cloudy and cool today with a high of 57F, relative humidity at 50%, winds from the southwest at 10-12 mph and gusts to 18 mph. Tonight will hit a low of 45F, southwest winds at 9-11 mph, and possibly additional rain. 

Fire suppression repair will continue today on the east perimeter, and firefighters will patrol and mop up along control lines and around structures today.

Aerial patrol will resume over the west and north side of the fire, and equipment and personnel will demobilize as the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team prepares to turn the fire over to a Type III organization later in the week. 

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 

The Clear Fire PIO map July 26,2022. Black outline on the right and top fire perimeter represents completed line. Red lines on the left and bottom fire perimeter represent incomplete fireline. Light brown shaded area at the bottom represents the boundaries of the get ready pre-evacuation area.
The Clear Fire Map – July 26, 2022

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


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