Funny River Fire update

June 11, 2014 @ 08:00

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

The Funny River fire is a human caused fire that began on May 19th on a horse trail 5 miles east of Soldotna. The current fire acreage is 196,618 acres with 60% contained. 46 personnel are assigned to the incident. One crew, two excavators and two helicopters are assigned to the fire.

Tuesday’s Fire Activity

Nearly a quarter of an inch of rain fell over the fire area within the past 2 days, resulting in minimal fire behavior growth. Areas of smoldering tundra were observed in the southeast flank of the fire, at Bear Creek, 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.

Wednesday’s Outlook

Sunny skies are forecasted for the fire area today. A high temperature of 60 and low of 40 degrees are forecasted over the fire. Winds will continue to be from the southwest direction and should not affect the fire spread. Fire resources will work to suppress fire flare ups in the pockets of unburned fuel within the fire perimeter. Mop up and repair of the suppression impacts of fire lines within the refuge continues. Demobilization of personnel and supplies from the incident is ongoing.

New Fire Restrictions

The Alaska Division of Forestry reminds the public that open debris burning is now allowed with safe practices of use and a valid burn permit. Permits are available online at http://forestry.alaka.gov/burn. Also cooking, warming and signaling fires are allowed by statue.

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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