Card Street Fire update, July 4

FINAL UPDATE for the CARD STREET FIRE
Incident Commander: Matt James (T) Alaska Division of Forestry

Fire Information: Andy Alexandrou
Division of Forestry (907) 260-4261
andy.alexandrou@alaska.gov

FIRE STATUS
Acres Burned: 8,876 Containment: 95%
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
Total personnel: 73

Incident Summary: The Card Street fire began June 15 in subdivision areas southeast of Sterling, and spread easterly into the marshlands and recreation areas along the northwest shore of Skilak Lake. The fires’ furthest advancement stopped at the Skilak Lake loop road and the Lower Skilak campground. The wildfire 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 95% contained.

Current Situation: Repair operations to treat the dozer lines constructed along the fire perimeter are being finalized. 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. The wildfire is being managed by Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire crew remaining on the incident will be the Yukon crew. The Western Nevada and Elk Creek fire crews will be released tomorrow.

Burn Restrictions: 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. Permits holders may call 907-260-4269 for updated information. Fireworks are prohibited on the Kenai Peninsula. 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: Cloudy with rain today. High temperature will be near 63 degrees. Winds will be NE 5 to 10 mph.

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

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, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Alaska State Troopers, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

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