Lime Hills Wildfire Grows, Crews Move in to Crooked Creek Fires

Jun 24, 2013

Lime Hills Fire
Credit Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

The Lime Hills fire has grown to over 150 thousand acres and is the largest in the state.  76 fire fighters worked Sunday to improve the fire break between the southern edge of this fire and Lime Village.   The community sits across the Stony River from the fire.

Another 20 firefighters joined yesterday from a Lower-48 hotshot crew.  On the northwest side, the fire was running and torching trees, with up to 10 foot flames. Crews are now prepping additional cabins and allotments for protection.

A big push of fire personnel went to the Crooked Creek fires near the Kuskokwim to protect the village of Crooked Creek. 130 acres burn at Village Creek.

Southwest Alaska Fires
Credit Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

That’s 11 miles south of the Donlin Creek Mine. 50 crew worked that fire. The 90 acre fire at Qguahaydok is 50 percent contained. Up to 56 crewmembers worked that fire.

A new fire was reported Saturday night, burning at least 18 acres at moose creek, 10 miles north of the village of Stony River. Eight smokejumpers dropped on the fire before midnight. Because of its location on a dry ridge a 20 member crew is being deployed with the objective of putting the fire out.

Kristin Creek Fire
Credit National Park Service

The fire in Lake Clark national park has burned more than 2400 acres. The four member Helitack team from McGrath is providing point protection at cabins near the fire.

Statewide, 317 fires have burned about 380 thousand acres this year.