Swan Lake Fire responds to warm, dry weather with increased smoke

Smoke observed by firefighters in the Mystery Creek drainage during a monitoring flight of the Swan Lake Fire on Friday, August 9, 2019. Photo by Nick Adamson/Alaska Division of Forestry

Smoke observed by firefighters in the Mystery Creek drainage during a monitoring flight of the Swan Lake Fire on Friday, August 9, 2019. Photo by Nick Adamson/Alaska Division of Forestry

The Swan Lake Fire (#181) burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the northern Kenai Peninsula has responded to the warm, dry weather of this past week with increased activity and smoke in the Mystery and Thurman Creek drainages on the northeast corner of the fire.

Containment lines continue to hold but more smoke has been observed the last few days and smoke is visible from the Sterling Highway. Most of the smoke is the result of unburned pockets of fuel burning in the interior of the fire. Smoke will likely continue to be visible for the next few days with warm, dry conditions. Higher relative humidity and a shorter burn period as summer comes to an end will help to calm fire behavior.

The fire is being managed by a Type 3 incident management team from the Alaska Division of Forestry based in Soldotna.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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