Funny River Fire update

Monday, June 16, 2014, 8 a.m.

The Funny River fire is a human caused fire that began in the afternoon of May 19th near a horse trail 5 miles east of Soldotna. The current fire size is 195,858 acres with no perimeter growth observed in the past few days. The wildfire remains contained in the north, west and southern perimeters near human habitation. A total of 28 personnel, two excavators and one helicopter are assigned to the fire.

Current Situation

No visible smokes along the perimeter were identified in reconnaissance flights. Fire resources will continue to repair suppression impacts of building fire lines. Excavator repair work continues on the western flank, pulling ground fuels back onto the fire line that was constructed 3 weeks ago. The wildfire is contained in all these areas.

Weather Outlook

Clouds this morning turning to rain this afternoon over the fire is predicted over the fire area today. A high temperature of 55 and low of 40 degrees and winds will continue to be from the southwest direction, gusting 10-40 mph as a forecasted strong storm arrives today.

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.alaska.gov/burn. Also cooking, warming and signaling fires are allowed by statute.

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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