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Exclusive: Fighting fires the Alaskan way on Alaska: The Last Frontier

On Sunday night’s Alaska: The Last Frontier, its a race to quench a fire that threatens the lives of the Kilchers as Otto and Eiven rush to solve the problem.

In our exclusive clip, you see that the elements are battling Otto and Eiven as a growing fire presents a real imminent threat, and the solution is a hardcore in-your-face Alaskan fix.

Otto and Eivin use large heavy machinery as they head to the creek to bring the water’s edge in a diverting trench.

The fire is intense as Otto explains his strategy to douse it. Pic credit: Discovery
The fire is intense as Otto explains his strategy to douse it. Pic credit: Discovery

The end goal is to have the creek seep into the firewall and extinguish the embers in a swimming pool effect by expanding the edges of the creek with their digging and trenching efforts.

Otto trenches the creek border to get the water into the fire. Pic credit: Discovery
Otto trenches the creek border to get the water into the fire. Pic credit: Discovery

The result of this Alaskan “swimming pool” is to permanently douse the fire that Otto describes as lava about four feet deep, and get the blaze under control.

The two use heavy dirt bulldozers to channel out the creek to lead the water to where the fire is burning on Kilcher beach.

Also tonight, Atz Sr. attempts “the most unconventional bear hunt” of his life and Jane Kilcher and Charlotte take a girl’s day adventure by going clamming.

Last week Charlotte was featured as well, as we saw Alaskan Kilcher ingenuity at its finest as Otto and Charlotte worked together in a hilarious effort to make a hot tube out of an old metal tub.

Inside Otto’s tool-filled workshop to create a working hot tub, Charlotte braced herself while Otto was all damn the torpedoes blowing things up.

Their goal was to try and straighten out the dent and creases in the metal of an old tub, then plumb it so it could accommodate a cold Alaskan.

The week prior to that, we saw Jane Kilcher heading out to ice fish and she was extremely lucky. Jane schooled us on what was catchable, edible fish that were lurking beneath the ice.

Specifically, there are trout, or “lakers” as she called them, and turbot. That’s the one she really wants. She said: “It is winter time and it’s almost over, and this is the time when we run out of fish and it’s a big deal.”

She nabbed a big fat burbot, so it is likely she and Charlotte will have no issues digging up some Arctic razor clams.

Mature clams are oblong and can grow up to 12 inches in length. The meat is delicious but the Alaska Department of fish and game website cautions that “shellfish are susceptible to parasites and worms. Generally, thorough cooking and cleaning allows for safe consumption. Health and harvest of razor clams are managed by the Alaska Department of fish and game.”

The other downside to clamming in Alaska is being stranded.

The state website cautions clammers to watch out for fast-moving tides that often strand clammers in between the shoreline and sandbars where the most clams can be found.

Stranded diggers are at risk for developing hypothermia or drowning in the cold waters throughout Alaska, especially in the Cook inlet where we have a bore tide. Stay alert to tide levels, return to shore early and be safe!

Hopefully, Charlotte and Jane are experienced and don’t get into any trouble.

Alaska: The Last Frontier airs Sundays at 9 pm on Discovery

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