Funny River Fire suppression repair work continues

Thursday, June 19, 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 100% 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 repair of fire lines continues with 2 excavators working areas east of Soldotna. The dryer weather forecasted through the weekend will assist the completion repair of the 20 miles of fire lines that were constructed to protect the communities of Sterling, Soldotna and Kasilof. Large fuel mats and timber are being moved back into the cut areas to reduce sedimentation that affects river habitat in disturbed areas.

The Yukon fire crew is working on the shaded fuel break near mile 6 of Funny River road. The Funny River fire break was instrumental in stopping fire spread into the nearby homes in Funny River and Sterling.

Visible smoke near Tustamena Lake was observed yesterday miles inside the fire perimeter, in an area of heavily downed fuel. Firefighters will continue to monitor the area from the air during the summer.

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

20140619KenaiRiverArea3Excavators repair fire lines east of Soldotna on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.They will continue to repair the 20 miles of line that were constructed to protefect the communities of Sterling, Soldotna and Kasilof. Large fuel mats and timber are being moved back into the cut areas to reduce sedimentation tht affects river habitat in distrurbed areas. Alaska Division of Forestry photo

20140619FireAdvancingOnFunnyRiverFuelBreakThe Funny River Fire advances on a fuel break Saturday, May 24, 2014. Alaska Division of Forestry photo

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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