Funny River Fire update

June 8, 12:00 p.m.

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

Current fire acreage 196,598 acres with 60% contained. 81 personnel are assigned to the incident. Two crews, three dozers and two helicopters are assigned to the fire.

Yesterday’s Fire Activity

Minimal fire behavior occurred on Saturday. Areas of smoldering were observed in the southeast flank east of Tustumena Lake and near the northeast flank by Torpedo Lake near the Kenai River. Fire behavior was monitored on the eastern flank for structures at risk on the west side of Skilak Lake and the east side of Tustumena Lake.

Today’s Outlook

Increasing cloud cover, higher humidity and chances of precipitation continue over the fire. Fire resources will work to suppress fire flare ups in the pockets of unburned fuel within the fire perimeter. Mop up and repair of suppression impacts to peat bogs within the refuge continues.

Prevention Team Activity

The prevention team is at the Kenai River Festival this weekend to help homeowners and have already talked to over 700 people so far!

Over the past three days, the prevention team has hosted over 50 residents at post fire workshops in Sterling, Funny River and Kasilof. Three new public service announcements have been posted on the Firewise Alaska YouTube channel.

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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