The Update for the Clear Fire – July 30, 2022
Size: 72,191 | Completion: 77% | Personnel: 93 | Cause: Natural, lightning
As of Friday, two crews of firefighters are spiking out in the southern area of the fire. Spiking out is a phrase used to describe when firefighters set up camp far away from the Incident Command Post where most of the fire resources and personnel are centrally located. This is a common practice on large wildfires to strategically locate crews closer in proximity to the areas where they are working.
“We are fully inserting crews on the southern area of the fire to reduce their travel time to their areas of work,” said Andres Orozco, DOF Type 3 team Incident Commander trainee. “It was taking them several hours of travel every day just to get to their areas. This will increase their hours of production on the fire.”
The two Alaska DOF crews spiking out consist of the Pioneer Peek Hotshots and the Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack crew. Due to all of the ‘blowdown fuels’ that resulted from the strong wind event the fire area experienced last week, the Pioneer Hotshots are involved with a great deal of chainsaw work. Both crews are focusing on targeting and extinguishing the hot spots that remain in the area.
Today, Saturday, July 30, two helitack crews of firefighters are also being inserted into the southern areas of the fire to work on the remaining pockets that contain heat and smoke.
The public may observe smoke and that is because some areas continue to smolder. These areas are not threatening the containment lines and are well within the interior of the fire.
The weather pattern will continue to be slightly warmer with more clouds but little to no rain.
The 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. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html to stay informed of any modifications to the TFR.
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: http://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry and http://www.facebook.com/BLMAFS
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