Update for the Clear Fire – August 1, 2022
Size: 72,191 | Completion: 77% | Personnel: 127 | Cause: Natural, lightning
Fire activity on the Clear Fire was minimal Sunday with the exception of one spot on the southern end of the fire. An aerial reconnaissance flight located the small smoke column after multiple days of dry, warm weather. Crews are scouting Monday morning for a location to build a helispot that will allow firefighters to gain access to the area. This fire activity is within the perimeter of the fire and does not pose a threat to control lines at this time.
The Lucky Peak Rappel Crew from Boise, ID was flown into the southern end of the fire with the mission to improve a helicopter landing spot to be used for crew and gear shuttles. Once the landing spot was complete, the Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection (DOF) White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) crew was flown into the southern end. They will work over the upcoming days to locate and extinguish any remaining hotspots. DOF crews, Pioneer Peak Hotshots and the Gannet Glacier T2 IA crew are also working along the southern end. All three crews are cold trailing, checking for heat, removing hazard trees, and cutting and stacking vegetation to significantly reduce any chance of further fire spread.
A repair group remains in place to repair dozer and control lines put in place during fire suppression efforts on the eastern-southeastern portion of the fire. This includes the use of heavy equipment and hand crews to place vegetation on top of exposed soil to reduce erosion and restore the land back to pre-fire conditions as much as possible. Covering these control lines and dozer lines will also prevent access and reduce further impacts to the land. Fairbanks #1, a DOF Type 2 hand crew is part of the repair group and is actively working to locate any remaining heat by gridding and cold trailing. To do this work, the crew moves through the burned area in a line, shoulder to shoulder; using un-gloved hands to check for heat within the soil and vegetation such as stumps and downed trees. This can be a slow-going process with the crew covering an area of about one mile in distance for the day.
Weather forecasted for the next two days includes cool temperatures with the chance of isolated thunderstorms and light winds. A drying trend is expected to move into the area starting Wednesday and Thursday.
The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) 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. Remember, If You Fly, We Can’t!
Fire Loss & Suppression Repair: Contact the Denali Borough at (907) 683-1330
Fire Information: akfireinfo.com
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