Swan Lake Fire Operational Update – September 4, 2019 – 8:00 PM

Firefighters had a very productive day. Crews were able to build hand line and install hoses along that line from south of Trout Lake to Shaft Creek. They also utilized a helicopter for bucket drops.

Containment lines were widened by firefighters around the Surprise Creek, Skilak Guard Station and Kelly Lake areas. This is done by making sure the fire’s edge is out cold, up to a width of 50 feet or more. Exact depth depends on the difficulty of the terrain and other factors such as dangers posed by fire-weakened trees.

Scooper planes dropped water between Hidden Lake and Skilak Lake Loop Road.

Crews continued to work on contingency lines and chipping operations in Cooper Landing and the surrounding area.

The Wildland Fire Module (WFU) completed the setup of sprinklers and hose lay around the Doroshin Bay Camp.

Wildland Fire Module

The term Wildland Fire Module (WFM) used in a recent information update may be unfamiliar to many people. To correct that oversight, we offer a description.

The primary mission of a WFM is to provide an innovative, safe, highly mobile, logistically independent, and versatile fire team that contributes to achieving a variety of fire and fuels management objectives. WFMs are skilled and versatile ten-person fire crews, which provide expertise in the areas of prescribed fire and a wide variety of wildfire responses. While their primary emphasis is to meet resource management objectives using fire in its natural role, they are also adept at line construction, burn out, structure protection and other fire suppression functions. Carrying their own equipment and supplies, Wildland Fire Modules have a high level of operational self-sufficiency with little to no need for additional support from Incident Management Teams (IMTs).

Photo: Firefighters travel by boat to access different parts of the fire. This is the Engineer Cabin structure protection that was installed to save the cabin when the fire burned through the area.

Photo: Firefighters travel by boat to access different parts of the fire. This is the Engineer Cabin structure protection that was installed to save the cabin when the fire burned through the area.

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