Fire crews working the 75 acre Loon Lake Fire located in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge wilderness are cutting fireline and mopping up. This is the first video update that was filmed on the Sterling Highway 10 miles south of the fire at Watson Lake.
The Moose River is providing crews with plenty of water for hose lays along the eastern flank. Type 3 Incident Commander Bryan Quimby along with Type 3 Incident Commander trainee Torrey Short assumed command today with the goal of full 100% suppression of this lightning caused fire. Two more hotshot crews – the Pioneer Peak Hotshots from the Division of Forestry and Midnight Sun Hotshots from the BLM Alaska Fire Service – arrived on incident and flew to the fire to join the Gannett Glacier Initial Attack crew to bolster containment work on the ground.
The fire is burning in a Limited protection area and does not currently pose a threat. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge managers have elected to take 100 percent suppression on this fire, which is limited to the north by Swan Lake itself and is burning adjacent to the 2019 Sawn Lake Fire scar. The Alaska Division of Forestry has been coordinating with Refuge managers to support fire crews as they work to cut and hold fireline around the entire fire. #fireyear2021 #loonlakefire