lime hills

A proposed project to monitor streams, creeks and rivers in the Lime Hills region of Bristol Bay was outlined in detail last month during the Southwest Alaska Salmon Science Workshop. KDLG’s Mike Mason was there and filed this report.

Crews Battle New Wildfires in Southwest Region

Jul 31, 2013
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

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.

Rain Slows Wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Jul 1, 2013
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

The Lime Hills Fire, the largest in the state, is no longer directly threatening Lime Village.  The state forestry division says the northern firebreak, control over the slopover fire, and good rainfall has secured the community enough that firefighters will leave the immediate area.  Structure protections will remain in place upriver of the community, while hotshot crews will be dispatched to Fairbanks area fires.  Pockets of the 200 thousand acre fire could survive the rains and spread as the summer goes on.  The fire has been burning since May 31st.

Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

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.