Firefighters snuff out small wildfire near Tustumena Lake on Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Kenai/Kodiak Area forestry station are mopping up a small wildfire that was reported Tuesday afternoon near Tustumena Lake on the Kenai Peninsula.

An aerial shot of the Border Lake Fire just southwest of Tustumena Lake on the Kenai Peninsula taken by Kenai/Kodiak Area helitack Tuesday afternoon. The fire is suspected of being a holdover from a lightning strike four days earlier. Photo by Kenai/Kodiak Area helitack.

The Border Lake Fire (#348) is estimated at ½  acre and is located about 3 ½ miles southwest of Tustumena Lake and approximately 6 miles east of Clam Gulch and the Sterling Highway. It is just south of Crooked Creek.

The fire was reported just after 4 p.m. Tuesday by a local resident who could see smoke about ½ mile from his cabin. The fire is not accessible by road and a helicopter was used to ferry six firefighters to the fire and drop water on the fire. The helicopter made multiple water drops to knock the fire down and firefighters secured the perimeter by getting a hose lay around the entire fire Tuesday night.

The fire was burning primarily in grass and brush and fire behavior was described as “pretty tame.” The fire was declared contained just after 10 p.m. and four firefighters camped out at the fire Tuesday night. The plan today is to finish work on the fire by mid-afternoon.

The cause of the fire is suspected to be a lightning strike that occurred four days ago.

A map showing the location of the Border Lake Fire (#348) just southwest of Tustumena Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. For a downloadable PDF version of the map go to or click on the link below.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: 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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