Swan Lake Fire: Motorists Plan For Extended Delays on Sterling Highway MP 62-72

Motorists Expect Delays on the Sterling Highway MP 62-72 as Firefighters are Poised to Initiate Firing Operations.

STERLING, ALASKA 9:00am: For Immediate Release

Plan For Significant Travel Delays on the Sterling Highway MP 62-72 . Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, top off gas tanks, bring extra ice for fish, food and snacks, and be prepared for long travel delays as crews battle the 37,430 acre #SwanLakeFire.

Fire crews are poised to take advantage of a significant wind shift predicted for today. If conditions allow and all of the support resources are in place, firefighters will initiate a strategic burn north of the Homer-Electric transmission line north of the Sterling Highway between mileposts 62-72. The Swan Lake Fire is estimated to be 2 miles from the Sterling Highway near Sterling, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula.

At the request of fire managers, Homer Electric was asked to de-energize the transmission line that connects Bradley Lake Hydroelectric facility to the rest of the Railbelt utilities. This action will not affect consumer power on the Kenai Peninsula or utilities to the north. It is unknown at this time when the line will be reenergized. #akwildfire

DOT signs displaying traffic messages
DOT signs displaying traffic messages. Kale Casey/Alaska Division of Forestry

The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area has been expanded to include the Sterling Highway corridor for the safety of firefighting aircraft and personnel. Pilots need to be aware that large water scooping aircraft will be using Skilak and Hidden lakes. Recreationists in these areas need to remain alert and vigilant about staying away from the center of the lakes while these aircraft assist the fire crews working along the fire’s edge.

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