Funny River Fire update

Friday, June 13, 2014 @ 08:00

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

The Funny River fire is a human caused fire that began May 19th on a horse trail 5 miles east of Soldotna. The current fire size is 195,858 acres (decrease in size from yesterday due to map update) with 60% contained. A total of 37 personnel are assigned to the incident. One crew, two excavators and one helicopter assigned to the fire.

Current Situation

Fire resources continued to monitor, mop up and repair suppression impacts. The Yukon fire crew will complete a final grid of the Kenai Keyes fire line area, and remove all pumps and hose lines today. Excavator repair work of the fire line on the North perimeter finishes today, and will relocate to the western and southern flanks. The repair work includes pulling ground fuels back onto the fire line constructed 3 weeks ago. The wildfire is contained in all these areas. The fire continues to smolder today in the limited suppression area of the Kenai Wildlife refuge near the Bear Creek drainage, east of Lake Tustamena.

Weather 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 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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