Funny River Fire Incident Command Post moves to Forestry fire office

Weekend Edition, June 20-22, 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 29 personnel, two excavators and one helicopter are assigned to the fire.

Current Situation

The Funny River fire will transition to a Type 4 organization on June 20th @ 2pm at the Incident Command Post located at Soldotna Sports Center. The new Type 4 incident commander is Nate Zalewski, and operations will be located at the Alaska Division of Forestry fire office in Soldotna. Fire information inquiries can still be made by contacting Terry Anderson at 394-6035.

The repair of fire lines is nearly complete 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 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 Tustumena Lake was observed yesterday ½ mile inside the fire perimeter, in an area of heavily downed fuel. Firefighters will continue to monitor the area from the air during the summer and smoke may be spotted inside the fire perimeter till heavy rains arrive.

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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