Smoke in open fire area dampens fire activity, dry thunderstorms still possible – Alaska Wildfire Information
Smoky conditions helped dampen fire activity yesterday and will likely moderate fire conditions again today. The red flag warning is still in effect over the northern portion of the fire zone due to the possibility of dry thunderstorms. Temperatures are expected in the 80s with relative humidity increasing into the 30s. Erratic winds could accompany a dry thunderstorm, otherwise winds will remain light and variable from west to southwest.
To the north, the crews managed to contain the fire which crossed the established line and the Teklanika River. Firefighters will now “clean up” the area. This involves extinguishing hot spots and residual heat to prevent the spread of fire beyond established containment lines. Crews are also placing pipes around this area and nearby structures. On the southeast side of the fire, crews are conducting strategic burning operations, weather permitting. Further south, firefighters are preparing further sections of line for additional strategic fire operations. Firefighters continue to work on protecting the structure and the bulldozer line around the town of Anderson.
Aircraft are actively supporting suppression efforts on the Clear Fire and are also being used to transport personnel and supplies to areas farther from the fire. Many fire line firefighters and paramedics are spiked in these remote areas. Doping refers to sleeping in a safe place near the work area rather than returning to base camp at the end of the day. This is often used when the transport time to and from the work area is long. Sometimes firefighters sting for 14-21 days. Food and necessary supplies are delivered by helicopter or boat.
More than 20 people attended the second community meeting at the Anderson Fire Station in person yesterday, with around 100 attendees watching virtually to discuss the latest updates on the fire. Other community meetings will be scheduled as needed.
The fire danger is extremely high this July 4th weekend. The Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection (DOF) has issued an emergency burn closure order effective July 1. This ordinance restricts all state and local burning that requires a burning permit. For more information, visit: akfireinfo.com. Additionally, the Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office has suspended the use of fireworks throughout much of Alaska. For more information visit: dps.alaska.gov
Ready (Prepare your property): All areas including the town of Anderson, Clear, Clear Space Force Station, Bear Creek and June Creek.
Set (Prepare your “go bag”): All cabins along the Teklanika River between two and five miles from the current fire perimeter.
GO (evacuate now) : All areas accessible by Kobe Road. All cabins along the Teklanika River within two miles of the current fire perimeter.
Information relating to sheltering or evacuation: Contact the Borough of Denali at (907) 683-1330, check the Borough’s Facebook page, or visit denaliborough.org
All other fire information:Clear Fire Information, (907) 290-2921; Alaska Fire Information, (907) 356-5511; akfireinfo.com, inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8178, and the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service Facebook pages.
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