Funny River Fire update: 196,598 acres with 60% contained

Saturday, June 07, 2014 9:21 AM

Current fire acreage 196,598 acres with 60% contained. 171 personnel are assigned to the incident. Tim Soliday’s Type 3 Team assumed command at 0700, June 6, 2014. Three crews and two helicopters are assigned to the fire.

Residents will continue to see smoke columns burning within the fire perimeter for the next few weeks.

Yesterday’s Fire Activity

The fire gained 2,500 acres yesterday in the southeast flank with active torching and a steady backing fire observed in the Bear Creek drainage despite increasing cloud cover and higher humidity. Smoke columns from burning pockets of unburned fuels well within the fire perimeter prompted calls from residents in Kasilof and Funny River. South of Torpedo Lake on the Kenai River, crews worked on a portion of the riverbank which was burning. Mop up and repair of suppression impacts, such as dozer lines continue.

Prevention Team Activity

Over the past two days, the prevention team have hosted over 50 residents at post fire workshops in Sterling, Funny River and Kasilof. The prevention team is at the Kenai River Festival this weekend to help homeowners! Three new public service announcements have been posted on the Firewise Alaska youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd7aPTYvyMM

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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