Reconnaissance flight made of the Funny River Fire

July 10, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Alaska Division of Forestry personnel made a reconnaissance flight of the Funny River Fire on Wednesday afternoon, July 9, 2014, and reported seeing no hot spots or smoke. Two observers accompanied the pilot in a helicopter as they flew the perimeter of the 195,858 acre fire that was started on May 19.

Flying south over the intertie to Tustumena Lake; then along the lake east observing Bear Creek and Indian Creek subdivisions. They made their way north over the Killley River towards Skilak Lake and the Kenai River reporting nothing out of the ordinary as they continued back to their base in Soldotna. An inventory was taken of the last remaining hose lays and hardware left in place for structure protection of remote cabins and sub divisions. This was done in preparation of a final backhaul of equipment set to begin July 16.

The human caused fire that burned mainly within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will remain in monitor status.

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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