Funny River Fire update

June 12, 2014 @ 08:00

Smoke columns burning within the fire perimeter will be visible 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 196,808 acres (increase 190 acres) with 60% contained. 43 personnel are assigned to the incident. One crew, two excavators and two helicopters are assigned to the fire.

Wednesday’s Fire Activity

Fire resources continued to monitor, mop up and repair suppression impacts. Increasing cloud cover, humidity and precipitation continued over the fire area. Fire growth observed to be minimal through backing, smoldering and creeping near the Bear Creek drainage, east of Lake Tustamena.

Thursday’s Outlook

Clouds and light moisture is predicted over the fire area today. A high temperature of 55 and low of 40 degrees are forecasted over the fire. Winds will continue to be from the southwest direction. Demobilization of personnel and supplies from the incident is ongoing.

Burn Suspension has been lifted

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 Also cooking, warming and signaling fires are allowed by statue.

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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