Update for the Clear Fire – August 2, 2022
Size: 72,191 | Completion: 77% | Personnel: 112 | Cause: Natural, lightning
Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection (DOF) Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC) completed their work on Monday for the southern end of the fire. The crew was tasked with securing the fire’s edge for many miles. This work means checking for hotspots and mitigating hazards trees. Their assigned segment of the fire line ties into sections assigned to two other crews working on the southern end. Connecting these pieces of fire perimeter ensures that the majority of the fire perimeter is checked, reducing the chance of additional fire growth. With this work complete, Pioneer Peak IHC is being shuttled by helicopter out of the field and will travel home for days off.
Two DOF crews remain spiked out on the southern end of the fire, working on their designated line segment. White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) crew and Gannet Glacier T2 IA crew are continuing with similar objectives. Both are patrolling the perimeter to check for hotspots, monitor for any change in fire activity, mitigate hazard trees and clear vegetation where it makes the most sense. This vegetation is placed in a pile or stacked in an area that has been checked and found to have no heat.
On the east side of the fire, heavy equipment is being utilized to repair the road system between Murray Street and Rochester Way. Anyone traveling in the area should expect to see a grader working along these roads and are asked to slow down and turn on headlights for better visibility. This repair work is expected to take approximately 10 days, possibly longer if weather impacts the work.
Weather forecasted for today 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 Phone: (907) 356-5511 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry and http://www.facebook.com/BLMAFS
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