Archive | August, 2019

Live McKinley Fire Update Saturday August 31, 2019

Live – #McKinleyFire 9:30pm update with containment increasing to 91% with 550 firefighters working to contain the 3,288 acre fire. This is the “Break it Down” evening session where we answer your questions posted throughout the day. Special guest Stephanie Bishop will address the capabilities of Team Rubicon. Meet the incoming Type 2 IMT from Montana tomorrow […]

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August 31, 2019 10:00 p.m. Chain of Events on the Sterling Highway, August 25

Last Sunday night the Sterling Highway was closed after fire activity picked up near the road. As the highway was being cleared of remaining traffic, some travelers passed through an area where there was very active fire and heavy smoke. After accounts of this spread on social media, many people appropriately asked how this chain […]

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08.31.19 – 7:30 pm – Swan Lake Fire Photos

Clear air on the east side of the fire enabled Canadian Scoopers to utilize Kenai Lake in support of firefighting efforts near Trout Lake and along the Resurrection Trail. #SwanLakeFire

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Medical Training Simulation at the Deshka Landing Fire

Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 10 took command of the Deshka Landing Fire on August 20, 2019. Led by Incident Commander (IC) Alan Lawson, about 240 firefighters completed 90% containment of the 1,318-acre fire by August 31. The human-caused fire burned through meadows, mixed black and white spruce stands, and hardwoods including birch and aspen […]

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Swan Lake Fire Operations Update 08.31.19 4:15 pm

The fire area continues to experience intermittent rain which has helped decrease fire behavior. The conditions on the ground have allowed crews the opportunity to reduce numerous hazard trees near the roadways, including along the Sterling Highway and around the community of Cooper Landing.  Public Information Officers continue to work in the communities of Cooper […]

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083119 Evacuation Level Change 2:00 PM

McKinley Fire Update – August 31, 2019 2:00 p.m. Evacuations Levels Changed for all areas around the McKinley Fire

The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team, responsible for managing the McKinley Fire, and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have coordinated to lower current evacuation levels. The current “Level 2 – Set” evacuation for those residences in the area of the Parks Highway from milepost 81.5 to 92 has been reduced, to a “Level 1 – Ready.” The […]

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Despite rain, burn closure remains in effect for Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su boroughs

Just a reminder that even with rain falling on the Kenai Peninsula and parts of the Mat-Su Valley yesterday and today, the emergency burn closure put in place for the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs on August 21 remains in effect and will continue through the holiday weekend. While the rain helped to dampen surface […]

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Deshka Landing Fire Update August 31

Deshka Landing Fire UpdateAugust 31, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. Alan Lawson – Incident CommanderDave Leitch – Deputy Incident CommanderFire Information: (907) 715-9205                Email:  deshkalandingfireinfo@gmail.com Web: http://www.akfireinfo.com                           Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6532/ Facebook:  Matanuska-Susitna Borough Acreage: 1,318           Containment:  90%  Personnel:   218        Cause: Human Caused Successful suppression activities over the last few days have resulted in containment […]

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Swan Lake Fire – 08.31.19 – 9:30 am Video Update

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More rain on the way for fires in the Bristol Bay region

Iliamna Airport reported over 0.6 inches of rain fell Friday as the first of two weather fronts moved over fire areas in southwest Alaska. King Salmon and New Stuyahok both reported more than 0.3 inches of rain. The second wave is arriving today and is expected to bring widespread wetting rains along with strong, gusty […]

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