Lightning strikes ignited new fires in Southwest Alaska over the weekend. Two fires are burning in the Nushagak drainage, while a second fire this summer is threatening Lime Village. KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story.
The massive Lime Hills fire has crossed the Stony River, which had been protecting Lime Village from the state’s largest wildfire. It crossed about 6 miles east of the village due to a wind shift from a small localized storm. A crew supported by 2 helicopters with buckets was unable to catch the new fire. Air tankers were initially ordered and then canceled. Crews are now protecting the village from the east side. Francis Mitchell is with the state Division of Forestry.