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Lime Complex

Unit Information

Southwest Area
Box 130 McGrath Alaska 99627
McGrath, AK 99627

Incident Contact

Emery Johnson
Phone: 907-290-2699
Hours: 8:00 AM- 8:00 PM

Highlighted Activity

06/25/2022 Lime Complex Daily Update 6/25/2022
Lime Complex June 25th update: Crews preparing for increased potential for fire growth with continued hot, dry conditions and increased winds   June 25, 2022, Daily Update, 9:30 am   The total...
News - 06/25/2022
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The Lime Complex start is logged as June 14, 2022 at 8:00 PM. The 21 million acre complex encompasses a vast, isolated geographic area between roadless communities accessible only by air and river. The total complex size is 484,720 acres for the 18 fires under the management of Incident Commander Ed Sanford’s Alaska Black Type 2 Incident Management Team. The Aniak airstrip is serving as the logistical support hub and the helibase.  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday June 14th, 2022 approx. 08:00 PM
LocationSleetmute to King Salmon, Napaimute to Port Alsworth
Incident CommanderEd Sanford
Coordinates61.57 latitude, -158.006 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel215
Size528,260 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSaturday July 16th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Short grass, Timber and brush: The fires included in the planning area span 21 million acres with a wide variety of Alaska fuels: black spruce, tundra, hardwoods and brush.

Significant Events

Active, running, group torching, flanking: Activity increased today and several fires that had been inactive for the last several days have reacted to the warm and dry weather and are showing additional growth along the perimeters of fire 273, and 244. At the time of report, size estimates of new growth are not available. Fires 239/240 and 205 remained very active with around 2.5 miles of additional growth to the SE estimated using VIIRS heat signatures.


Planned Actions

Fire 206: Supply order received and finalization of structure protection in place, resources are assisting in site protection of values identified and being supported out of Aniak.

Fire 239/240: Fire movement continues to be monitored, use of Air Attack and Unmanned Aircraft Systems to track movement. Resources are in place along the Mulchatna River on several sites to react and protect those values.

Fire 205: Defensive actions complete, fire perimeter growth will be monitored by resources, mop up complete around Pebble Mine sites.

Lime Village Group: Saw lines complete. Resources will focus on structures in the community and will finalize hose-lays.

North Point Protection Group: continued evaluation and implementation of defensive firing around structures continue along Trout and Tundra Lakes, Stony River Lodge, and a cabin east of fire 198.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Expect active surface fire along the SE perimeter of Fire 197/198 with spread rates around 50 feet p/h. Continued growth to the NE on fire 228, fire is expected to remain south of the Swift River. Activity increasing on 287 and 244 with possible spread up to 4 miles possible after 12 hours. Continued progression in all directions on fire 239/240. Main direction of spread is expected to be to the NW. The Mulchatna river is expected to continue to hold the fire to the east. Fire 205 will continue to spread in all directions, up to ¾ mile of additional growth is possible by end of 12 hours.

24 hours: A red flag warning issued for the lime area fires and hot, dry, and windy conditions forecasted for the rest of the complex will likely increase fire activity with short crown runs, group torching and long-range spotting a possibility. Up to 3-4 miles of additional growth is expected where wind and fuels align.

48 Hours: Fire behavior is expected to remain very active with continued hot dry weather and high/extreme forecasted fuel and weather indices.

72 hours: Nearly all areas of the complex will be able to easily support fire spread. Some fires that have been inactive for a long period of time could potentially begin spreading again.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Active fire behavior with high spread potential throughout the entire planning area is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today was the warmest and driest day the fire has seen in about a week. High pressure moved overhead late Thursday into this morning. The marine layer cleared nearly the entire planning area and allowed for abundant sunshine. Temperatures quickly warmed into the 70s and even low 80s at Stoney River. Dry air also settled in with minimum humidity values diving to right near the 30% mark. Winds were generally light in the morning with a southerly push in the afternoon, especially along favored alignments. This produced sustained winds of about 6-12 mph with some gusts to 15 mph.

Saturday will once again be warm and dry. The bigger story will be the addition of strong and gusty southeast winds. Winds will increase through the day with the strongest gusts to 25 mph near Lime Village and the Alaska Range. The winds combined with warm/dry conditions and very dry fuels will make for Red Flag Warning conditions between 1300-2200 ADKT.