Rain dampens suppression repair on Clear Fire

Size: 73,284 | Completion: 91% | Personnel: 64 | Cause: Natural, lightning

A widespread, steady rain fell across the Clear Fire (#346) area Friday night and continued Saturday morning. “Its just the right amount of rain,” Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection Incident Commander Andres Orozco commented during his morning report. The suppression objectives have been reached with 91% containment. The remaining containment utilizes the natural barrier of the riparian areas along the Teklanika River that have shown no smoke or heat. The lack of fire activity in this remote area does not necessitate risking firefighters working there. The fire’s perimeter will continue to be patrolled and monitored.

Division of Forestry’s Type 2 White Mountain Initial Attack Crew is the last crew assigned to the fire after the demobilization of the 10-member BIA Ute Mountain Helitack Crew who are returning home to Colorado. There is still a contingent of heavy equipment operators and Fairbanks Area Forestry firefighters supporting them as they start to address the finial details of suppression repair. Drop zones and helicopter landing sites no longer being utilized are being return back to their natural state as much as possible. All trash and equipment is being removed from the fire area.

Rain is forecast through the rest of the weekend and continuing into next week. Temperatures during the day will be in 50s and dropping into the 30s overnight through Wednesday.

Helicopters continue to support fire fighters on the Clear Fire. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place. 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

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

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