Uncontained Fire Near Anderson Grows To Almost 10,000 Acres: Leads To Evacuations

Nenana & Healy Schools Used As Evacuation Centers  Terrain In Anderson Is Similar To The Copper Valley: Black Spruce, Alder, Willow and ...

Nenana & Healy Schools Used As Evacuation Centers 

Terrain In Anderson Is Similar To The Copper Valley: Black Spruce, Alder, Willow and Low Ground Cover 

Clear Space Force Station In Line Of Fire
Fire Is 10 NM from Anderson 

Report From DNR:

Continued Warm and Dry Conditions
Fire Spread, Spur More Evacuations as Type 2 Team Takes Over Management of Clear Fire 

Size: 5,500 acres

Location: 3 miles north of the Kobe Ag Subdivision, Anderson Subdivision, and Quota Subdivision

Containment: 5%

Personnel: 172

Start Date: June 21, 2022

Cause: Natural, lightning

Fuels: A mix of tundra, brush, hardwoods, and black spruce

(Clear, Alaska) – The fire’s most active edge is now 3 miles north of the Kobe Ag, Quota, and Anderson Subdivisions (not city of Anderson) and following another day of fire spread to the south, the evacuation levels for these areas increased to “GO” on Saturday afternoon.  Northwest Type 2 Incident Management Team 10, under Incident Commander Alan Lawson, takes over operational management of the fire today. The team spent yesterday shadowing the Alaska Type 3 Team that has managed the incident very well despite challenging conditions.

Also on Saturday, dozers and hand crews were working to connect existing fire breaks north and west of the Kobe Ag, Quota and Anderson Subdivisions. Crews continued structure and Native allotment protection along the Teklanika River corridor as well as in the Kobe Ag subdivision. Helicopters shuttled equipment and supplies to the areas of the fire inaccessible by road. 

Today’s weather is forecast to be warm with low humidity, and active fire behavior is likely again.  Work will continue on the fire break north of the subdivisions and on structure/sensitive areas protection. Although the fire is still 6 miles northwest of the city of Anderson, firefighters will also be working to prepare that area as a precaution. Monitor the Denali Borough website and Facebook page where updates will be posted when conditions change.

Aerial footage of Clear Fire from Isaac Solomon, Operations Section Chief from Type 3 Team 

Ready: All areas including the City of Anderson, Clear, and Clear Space Force Station

Set: All cabins along the Teklanika River that are between two and five miles of the current fire perimeter

GO: Anderson Subdivision, Kobe Ag Subdivision, Quota Subdivision, all cabins along the Teklanika River that are within two miles of the current fire perimeter

As a reminder, the Denali Borough and the city of Anderson are using the “Ready, Set, GO” format for any notices or evacuations during fire operations. “Ready” means you should work to prepare your property by creating defensible space. “Set” means you should prepare a “go kit” and include items such as prescription medications, emergency supplies, and important documents. Residents should have an action plan, and make sure you are familiar with your local emergency notification system. “GO” means you should grab your “go kit” and leave immediately.

Sheltering or evacuation-related information: The Tri-Valley School in Healy, about 40 miles south of the city of Anderson, and the Nenana School, 25 miles north of the city of Anderson, will serve as evacuation shelters. Contact the Denali Borough at (907) 683-1330, see the borough’s Facebook page or visit denaliborough.org

All other fire information: Clear Fire Information, (907) 290-2921; Alaska Fire Information, (907) 356-5511; akfireinfo.com, and on the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service Facebook pages.


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