More than 300 firefighters make progress on Card Street Fire

3:30 p.m. – The Card Street Fire continues to burn into the marshlands and recreation area of Skilak Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The fire is established in a full suppression area of the refuge and all actions are being taken to keep the fire at the smallest possible acreage. The fire has burned 7,657 acres since it began last Monday.

The fire is burning parallel to the Sterling Highway and Skilak Lake. There are 5 Interagency Hotshot Crews working on the northeast and east portions of the fire to construct and strengthen lines. Eight additional 20 person crews are working to locate and extinguish any pockets of heat around the structures along the fires perimeter. All heat found within 300 feet of any structure will be extinguished to ensure that it won’t be able to reignite. A total of 340 personnel are assigned to the incident including 13 fire crews, 8 fire engines and 3 helicopters.

The Kenai Keyes subdivision south to the Kenai River remains under an evacuation order. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has Skilak Loop Road and campgrounds closed in the refuge.

Conditions will be cooler and more humid in the fire area today. Temperatures are expected to top out at 72 degrees, with mostly sunny skies and westerly winds to 5 mph in the afternoon. Fire crews will take advantage of the cooler weather to continue to construct and strengthen lines.

There have been no injuries reported as a result of the fire.

A public meeting will be held on Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m. at the Sterling Community Center at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Swanson River Road.

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