Lime Complex June 29th Daily Update: Smoke continues to impact operations, firefighters implement protection measures ahead of Red Flag weather

June 29, 2022

The Lime Complex consists of eight staffed fires and ten unstaffed fires. The total size of the combined fires is 588,150 acres. There are 223 total resources assigned to the complex, including hand crews, fire modules, boats, aircraft and overhead personnel.

Highlights: All unstaffed fires are monitored and display very little to no growth. There has been minimal growth on staffed fires with the exception of Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240), which grew approximately 4500 acres. Smoke continues to impact visibility and slow the operational pace over much of the planning area. Structure and point protection remain the focus of firefighting resources. Aircraft are utilized to cool areas of heat near values at risk and uncontrolled perimeter lines, as well as provide support to crews on the ground.  

Weather: Today will be a few degrees warmer and minimum RHs will be reduced. Smoke is expected along the Alaska Range and near Iliamna again in the morning, lifting through the day. Winds will continue to come out of the northwest, and there is a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm from Lime Village east. Red Flag conditions are expected on Thursday as temperatures warm and winds increase out of the southeast. These winds are expected to persist or strengthen on Friday. 

Staffed Fires in the Complex

North Point Protection 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 the Hook Creek Fire (#188) – The North Point Protection Group continues evaluation and implementation of point protection for structures and other identified values in the area of these fires. Rappelers and hotshot crews are engaged in reconnaissance, evaluation and implementation of structure protection and identifying other values at risk.   

Pike Creek (#239)/Koktuli River (#240) – 188,900 combined acres, Lightning start. The fire is 35 miles north of Iguigig. Identification and evaluation of structures and other values at risk along the Mulchatna River continues, and protection measures have begun to be implemented in this area. Crews are focused on reconnaissance, protection evaluation and slowing fire spread toward values at risk.  

Aghaluk Mountain (#206) – 116,309 acres, Lightning start, point protection and structure protection are ongoing. The fire remains 51 miles east of Aniak.  

The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place over the southern portion of the planning area near Lake Iliamna. Air resources continue to operate while weather and smoke conditions allow. Ten fire boss planes are working out of Lake Iliamna, as well as helicopters and other aircraft in the area. Please avoid this airspace for public and firefighter safety.  

Unstaffed Fires

Dummy Creek Fire (#247) ~ 178 acres; Cabin Creek Fire (#193) ~ 74 acres; Gagaryah River Fire (#197) ~ 35,652 acres; Kiknik Fire (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; Upper Talarik (#205) ~ 5,644 acres 

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