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.