Archive | May, 2014

Campfires allowed in developed campsites on the Kenai Peninsula

May 31, 2014 6:30 p.m. Open campfires are now allowed only in developed campsites in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Peninsula State Parks, and Chugach National Forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula. Campfires must be in a metal fire grate provided by a state or federal agency in a developed campsite. Use of personal […]

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The Burn Closure for the Kenai Peninsula has been lifted

May 31, 2014 12:00 p.m. (Fairbanks, AK) – Due to recent rainfall, increased relative humidity, and favorable changes in the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) indices, the burn closure on federal, state and private lands within Game Management Units 7 and 15 (the entire Kenai Peninsula) is rescinded. This is effective at 12:01pm, […]

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Strong winds affecting the 100 Mile Creek Fire

May 31, 2014 3:40 p.m. Strong winds from the south at 35 pmh with gusts up to 50 mph are producing extreme fire behavior on the 100 Mile Creek Fire near Delta Junction. The winds are preventing firefighter efforts on the ground. Retardant tankers are being used to provide protection for military assets in the […]

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Funny River Fire update: 193,243 acres with 54% containment

10:00 AM May 31, 2014 Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell will be visiting the ICP this afternoon and available at the 1:30pm Media briefing. Fire crews took advantage of the cool and damp conditions as they continued to “mop-up” (extinguish all burning material) up to 300’ from the firelines. Fuels dried considerably on Friday with […]

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100 Mile Creek firefighting efforts continue

May 31, 2014 8:55 a.m. Firefighters continue to engage the 100 Mile Creek Fire in the Donnelly Training Área near Delta Junction. The fire is 715 acres as firefighters continue to conduct ground and aerial firing operations along the road from the west to the east. Firefighters will continue to burn along the road as necessary […]

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Downed powerline causes Richardson Highway fire

May 31, 2014 8:38 a.m. On May 30, a helicopter in the area reported a fire caused by a tree on a powerline off the Richardson Hwy. Delta Forestry and Ft Greely Fire Department engines responded along with aerial assets from the 100 Mile Creek Fire. GVEA crews secured the powerline and the water scooper aircraft dropped several […]

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University of Alaska Fairbanks’ unmanned aircraft assists firefighters on Funny River Fire

An unmanned aircraft from the University of Alaska Fairbanks is assisting firefighting efforts in the Funny River Fire near Kenai, Alaska. Early Friday morning, a team from the university’s Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration flew a ScanEagle aircraft over the fire. The aircraft, equipped with infrared image sensors and cameras, found about 15 […]

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The Burn Closure on all open fires remains in effect for the Kenai Peninsula

May 30, 2014, 6 p.m. While current weather has moderated fire behavior on the Funny River fire, fire danger remains extreme over much of the Kenai Peninsula. The fire ban will remain in effect for the Kenai Peninsula. The Kenai Peninsula has not received the substantial amounts of precipitation (rain) needed to lessen the fire […]

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Dry Conditions Persist in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

5 p.m. May 30, 2014 Port Alsworth, Alaska – While many areas of southwest Alaska have received significant rainfall, fire officials in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve are waiting for more rain to moderate fire danger enough so the burn closure can be lifted. As of Friday afternoon, the Port Alsworth and Lake Clark […]

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100 Mile Creek Fire update

7:49 a.m. Firefighters continue to engage the 100 Mile Creek Fire in the Donnelly Training Área near Delta Junction. The fire is burning in tundra, black spruce and hardwood mix. Firefighters conducted ground firing operations along with hoselay  to protect military assets. Aerial tankers dropped water on the fire parallel to the two-track road. The […]

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