Funny River Fire update

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:00 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 fire size is 195.858 acres. 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

The Yukon fire crew remains working on the Funny River Fire to repair scarring of the tundra areas where fire lines were constructed 3 weeks ago. The crew worked to dig water bars to limit erosion damage on the western edge of the fire.

No visible smokes were identified in yesterday’s reconnaissance flight. 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 (see attached photos).

The Funny River fire will transition to the local Alaska Division of Forestry fire center in Soldotna on Friday, June 20th. The fire team is currently located at the Soldotna Sports Center off Kalifonsky Road in Soldotna.

Weather Outlook

Mostly cloudy this morning. A few showers developing during the afternoon. High 58F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Here are Division of Forestry photos of the Yukon crew at work and the area where they are working.

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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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