Card Street Fire update, July 3

Alaska Joint Information Center: (907) 356-5511

Card Street Fire Information Office:  (907) 260-4261

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4309/

www.kpboem.com or https://akfireinfo.com/

email: cardstreetfireinfo@gmail.com

Incident Commander: Matt James (T) – Alaska Division of Forestry

FIRE STATUS

Acres Burned: 8,876

Containment: 90%

Cause: Human – Under Investigation

Structures Destroyed: 11

Closures: Burn closures for all fires remain on U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Park Service campgrounds

U.S.F.S. campgrounds now allow camp fires in established fire rings or grates

RESOURCES: Crews: 3;  Engines: 1;  Helicopters : 1;  Total personnel: 74

Injuries: 19 (Sick, soft tissue, and heat related illness)

Incident Summary: The Card Street fire began June 15 in subdivision areas south of Sterling, and

spread easterly into the marshlands and recreation areas along the north shore of Skilak Lake. The fire is

established in a full suppression area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and all actions are being

taken to keep the fire at the smallest possible acreage. The fire has burned 8,876 acres and is now 90%

contained.

Current Situation: Crews continue to mop up fire lines around the perimeter. The suppression

standards for containment are nearing completion. Isolated pockets of smoke will continue to be

observed within the interior of the fire. Visitors to the area should be mindful that snags, falling trees and

ash pits pose significant hazards within the burned area.

Repair plans to treat the dozer lines constructed along the fire perimeter are being finalized. The wildfire

is being managed by Alaska Division of Forestry at the Sterling Elementary School in Sterling, AK. The

crews assigned are Yukon, Western Nevada and Elk Creek.

Burn Restrictions : With the recent cooler weather, some burning restrictions have been lifted for all

state, private and municipal lands on the Kenai Peninsula. Campfires, charcoal BBQ’s, warming, and

cooking fires are now allowed. Burn permits for all open burning are still suspended. This covers the

burn permit system of the Division of Forestry where debris piles and burn barrels are of concern.

Permits holders may call the “burn permit call in number” at (907) 260-4269 for updated information.

As the July 4th weekend approaches, please be mindful that fireworks are prohibited on the Kenai

Peninsula. 

More information can be found at: 

Burn suspension on Peninsula

http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn/index.cfm?fuseaction=permits.doShowAreaSpecificInfo&firearea=K#.VZb-BlG-Q6w.email

Burn closures for all fires remain on U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Park Service campgrounds. U.S.F.S. campgrounds now allow camp fires in established fire rings or grates.

Weather Outlook: Partly cloudy with high temperature near 70F. Winds will be W 5 to 10 mph.

Closures : Skilak Lake Road is now open for public travel. The Lower Skilak Campground, the boat

launch and the Bottenintnin Lake day use area are now open. Motorists are encouraged to slow their

vehicle speed and be cautious of fire personnel in the area. For additional information, please contact

the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge office at (907) 262-7021.

Cooperating Agencies: Alaska Division of Forestry, Alaska State Troopers, Kenai Peninsula Borough,

and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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