Significant Rain Falls on Swan Lake Fire

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COOPER LANDING SCHOOL – 19030 BEAN CREEK ROAD

Daily Update for July 24

YESTERDAY: Fire crews continued to monitor the Mystery Creek drainage area by air.  Smoke was visible from unburned pockets of fuel in the interior of the fire perimeter and from the Upper Jean Lake area where alpine vegetation, normally a barrier to fire, burned due to warm, dry conditions.  Crews worked diligently to repair the fire control line to prevent erosion and continued to mop-up, monitor, and clean-up. Special care was taken to avoid damaging creek banks and riparian areas within 50 feet of streams or lakes.     

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TODAY: Fire spread is expected to be minimal due to recent precipitation. Fire crews continue to remove miles of hose lines from non-active areas and removing structure protection hose from the Moose Research Center. Most of the fire continues to be monitored by air. Heavy equipment and wood chippers are being used to repair secondary containment lines. Duff will continue to smolder and smoke due to deep burning within the fire perimeter.   

WEATHER: Heavy overnight rains will end early in the morning and cloudy skies will last throughout the day.  Temperatures should cool into the upper 60s to low 70s.  Scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms will be possible in the afternoon.  Light and variable wind will become southwest in the afternoon with speeds around five miles per hour.

AIR QUALITY: Smoke may linger in the Cooper Landing area and along the Sterling Highway corridor again today. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu.

SUMMARY:The Kenai Peninsula experiences fire annually, however, the area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge where the fire is burning has not seen fire since 1947. Historically, there is no record of fire in the higher elevations. Natural fire on the landscape will remove areas of black spruce to reduce future large-scale fire impacts and create more fire resilient communities.

SAFETY: Watch for construction zones and smoke along the Sterling Highway. Helicopters will be active in the southeast corner of the fire along Sterling highway near Upper Jean Lake.  Please obey the speed limit and do not stop along the highway shoulder in order to protect firefighters, construction crews, and other drivers.  Alaska State Troopers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers are monitoring for visibility impacts due to smoke and fog on Sterling and Seward Highways. Please use headlights. For current road conditions visit http://511.alaska.gov. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) includes the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and the Sterling Highway corridor. Violators of the TFR will be reported to the FAA. The use of drones in the TFR and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are not permitted. Current TFR details and NOTAM 9/0573 is available at: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_0573.html.  

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About 2019swanlakefireinfo

The Swan Lake Fire was started by lightning on June 5th, 2019, in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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