June 28, 2022, Daily Update, 9:30 a.m.
The total size of the complex is 572,925 acres. There are over 237 resources in total assigned to the various fires, including two Type 1 Hotshot Teams, one Type 2 Manual Attack Team, two fire pods, ten boats, four helicopters, and various overheads.
Strong points: Heavy smoke significantly reduced visibility over much of the planning area yesterday. Impacts on visibility hamper the ability of air resources to support management actions on the ground. Various tactics used to manage the fire are adjusted during periods of heavy smoke and reduced visibility to continue operations safely and efficiently. After smoke lifted from the west side of the Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240) fires and along the Mulchatna River, air resources re-engaged to support the effort to keep this area cool and to limit the growth of fires in and around the values at risk. Resources continue to carry out reconnaissance missions to monitor the necessary improvements to the protection measures of the existing structures and to assess the combustibles between the fire and the values at risk. Community members are encouraged to be aware of any fire activity in the area and not to interfere with fire operations.
The temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in place for the area just above the fires Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240) and Upper Talarik (#205). We currently have a number of aircraft, including unmanned aircraft systems; air attack platform; helicopter operations; and fire chiefs drawing water from Lake Illiamna and throwing it on the fire. Please avoid the area to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft and to reduce the risk of air-to-air collisions.
Time: Smoke and increased cloud cover led to cooler temperatures yesterday which moderated fire behavior. Temperatures will rebound to the mid 60s to low 70s today with partly cloudy skies. The winds will change from south to west, then to northwest in the afternoon with gusts up to 20 km/h.
Fires with personnel in the complex
North Group consists of the South Lime Lake Fire (#190) / Swift River Fire (#228), Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240), Door Mountain Fire (#244), Door Creek Fire (#273) and Hook Creek Fire (#188)
Yesterday, the remaining abseil group completed upgrading the protective measures in place around the at-risk stocks in the Horseshoe Lake area and came under defensive fire around the structure. Due to the heavy smoke and visibility impacts, it was uncertain whether to bring in planes to pick up the firefighters, so it is expected to pick them up early this morning.
The North Point Protection Group continued to assess and implement defensive fires around Trout and Tundra Lake and the Stony River Lodge. They were also completing protective measures for structures northwest of the Stoney River fire. They will continue assessment of outlying areas and begin preparation of Swift and Lyman planning areas.
The Gannett Glacier Fire crew was completely smoky in Lime Village yesterday with visibilities as low as half a mile in the morning and smoky conditions continuing throughout the day. Due to the smoke, they were unable to test the sprinklers and pipe runs surrounding the three structures north of the river, but they intend to do that work today.
Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240) ~184,322 acres combined, early lighting; point protection and structure protection are in progress. The fire is 35 miles north of Iguigig. 10 firefighters are supporting ground operations to prevent fires from impacting structures.
This fire continues to be one of the most active fires at the complex. Air assets continue to support ground crews in the southwestern edge of the fire and along the Mulchatna River by launching water at strategic locations to keep these areas cool. This is done to reduce perimeter fire intensity and reduce spread in and around at-risk values along the Mulchatna River. The Unaweep fire pod and a National Park Service pod continue to focus on this southwest corner to complete reconnaissance and look for opportunities to prevent the fire from moving to known at-risk values in the area. . These resources were able to locate an unknown structure on a housing estate and install sprinkler kits and pipe runs to protect the structure. Additional resources are in place at several sites along the Mulchatna River to be able to respond quickly to changing conditions and protect endangered values.
A drone module and an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) helicopter remain assigned to these fires to monitor the movement of the fires and act as necessary on the known sites identified. With thick smoke covering much of the area, this UAS is critical in being able to transmit infrared images to ground crews to monitor fire activity.
There was also significant helicopter support there today, moving supplies and personnel to further reinforce the structure’s protective measures. This also allows the movement of the fire perimeter to be monitored against values at risk. An additional Type 2 helicopter has been positioned at Illiamna to provide assistance if needed.
Mount Aghaluk (#206) ~116,309 acres, lightning start, point protection and structure protection are in progress. The light remains 51 miles east of Aniak.
Resources have begun preparations to address structures in the Holitna areas around Lake Crescent and combustibles south of the fire ahead of the Door Mountain, Door Creek and Hook Creek fires. The Winema launches were flown to the Swift area to begin the pre-planning phase. This was done in response to increased fire spread along the eastern flank of the South Lime Lake Fire (#190) / Swift River Fire (#228). The air assets used to transport personnel will remain on site.
Fires without personnel
Dummy Creek Fire (#247) ~178 acres
Cabin Creek Fire (#193) ~74 acres
Gagaryah River Fire (#197) ~35,652 acres
Fire Kiknik (245) ~45,734 acres
Maka Creek Fire (#207) ~ 1 acre
Nushagak River Fire (#189) ~10 acres
Stony River Fire (#198) ~36,329 acres
Telaquana River Fire (#216) ~7,791 acres
Titnuk Creek Fire (#246) ~53,290 acres
High Talarik (#205) ~5,644 acres
Lime Complex fires under the Black Team include numbers 188, 189, 190, 193, 197, 198, 205, 206, 207, 216, 228, 239, 240, 244, 245, 246, 247 and 273. at risk, updates on removal strategy and tactics will be provided.
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