Incident Meteorologist has been a valuable team member on the Bean Complex

Fulton Hotshots hiking on the Bean Complex for their work day in frontier of Alaska. Wildland fire crews hike in line for many reasons, especially for safety. The leader picks the path, sets the pace, and communicates messages such as any hazards to watch for along the way. Messages are passed up and down the line like the game of telephone. This type of communication is extremely important when crewmembers do not have radios and it builds crew cohesion. Black and white photo of firefighting crew hiking in a line with their initial attack packs on a hand tools and chainsaws in their hands. Photo credit: Kylie Paul, Fulton Hotshot
Fulton Hotshots hiking on the Bean Complex for their work day in frontier of Alaska. Wildland fire crews hike in line for many reasons, especially for safety. The leader picks the path, sets the pace, and communicates messages such as any hazards to watch for along the way. Messages are passed up and down the line like the game of telephone. This type of communication is extremely important when crewmembers do not have radios and it builds crew cohesion. Photo credit: Kylie Paul, Fulton Hotshot

Warm and sunny weather conditions dominated the region again on Friday, allowing for continued helicopter and motorboat hauling work. No measurable amounts of rain were recorded over the fire area over the past 24 hours, yet fire activity remained smoldering and minimal. Warm and dry conditions will continue this weekend, with a chance of isolated rain showers on Sunday. Subsurface hotspots remained scattered and are expected to continue to smolder until larger amounts of rain extinguish the fires. This short drying trend is not anticipated to facilitate active fire growth since there is a chance for rain on Monday night and into Tuesday.

For the past two weeks an Incident Meteorologist from Anchorage has been assigned to the Bean Complex. Incident Meteorologists are National Weather Service employees who have specialized fire weather training and experience. This position is vital to helping forecast current and future fire activity. Yesterday, July 29 was the 94th anniversary of Meteorologists being assigned to support wildfire suppression efforts, and it has been a critical partnership. The forecasts for the Bean Complex have been very beneficial and highly accurate allowing operations and logistics personnel to effectively plan for the complex movements of people, equipment, and supplies. Long range weather trends and forecasts have also been examined in consultation with other specialists and continue to predict a southwest flow aloft, which will bring regular chances of rain.

The seven fires total 197,174 acres with 126 people assigned. The slight increase in size is due to more accurate mapping. Firefighters are camped remotely near the larger fires as they work on hauling out suppression equipment and supplies.

Bean Complex Map for July 30, 2022
Bean Complex Map for July 30, 2022

The Tanana River Fire (#310), is 14 miles southeast of Manley Hot Springs and north of the Tanana River. Firefighters are disassembling fire protection equipment and preparing it to be removed from the Deadman’s Lake area. The fire is 25,202 acres in size.

The Bitzshitini Fire (#312), is 23 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and south of the Tanana River. It is unstaffed and in monitor status. The fire is 71,219 acres in size.

The Chitinana Fire (#315), south of the Tanana River about 21 miles southeast of Tanana and 20 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs, is 100,233 acres in size. Crews are working to remove water pump site equipment from three different locations on the fire.

The Hutlinana Fire (#327), is located north of the Tanana River roughly 10 miles east of Manley Hot Springs and is 407 acres. It is unstaffed and in monitor status.

The Rock Fire (#557), is located 6 miles north of Eureka and is 1 acre. It is unstaffed and in monitor status.

The Elephant Fire (#561), is located 6 miles northeast of Eureka and is 110 acres. It is unstaffed and in monitor status.

The Cosna Bluff Fire (#564), is located 19 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and is 2 acres. It is unstaffed and in monitor status.

For more information, contact Bean Complex Information at email: 2022.bean@firenet.gov; or 907-921-2454

Pumps and hose were used on the Bean Complex fireline to cool heat especially under the surface. Firefighters use hand tools to mix the water with dirt and ash in a process know in the fire world as mop up. Similar to how Smokey Bear teaches to put out a campfire, but on a larger scale. Firefighters were able to capture a photo of a rainbow created by the water being sprayed from the hose. Photo credit: Kylie Paul, Fulton Hotshot Crew
Pumps and hose were used on the Bean Complex fireline to cool heat especially under the surface. Firefighters use hand tools to mix the water with dirt and ash in a process know in the fire world as mop up. Similar to how Smokey Bear teaches to put out a campfire, but on a larger scale. Firefighters were able to capture a photo of a rainbow created by the water being sprayed from the hose. Photo credit: Kylie Paul, Fulton Hotshot Crew


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