Funny River Fire update

June 9, 6:30 a.m.

Smoke columns will remain visible within the fire perimeter for the next few weeks.

Current fire acreage 196,598 acres with 60% contained. 54 personnel are assigned to the incident. One crew, two excavators and two helicopters are assigned to the fire.

Sunday’s Fire Activity

Minimal fire behavior occurred on Sunday. Areas of smoldering were observed in the southeast flank east of Tustumena Lake. 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.

Monday’s Outlook

Mostly cloudy, cooler temperatures and scattered showers are forecast. Relative humidity max 84% and low 50%. Southeasterly winds 6 to 9 mph should not affect the fire spread. Continued monitoring of controlled lines and fire activity in the southeast flank. 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

Monday is the last day for the prevention team. The prevention team will have a closeout meeting Monday with representatives from Division of Forestry, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The team has had over 1,200 contacts with local residents during the past week.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: 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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