Containment has increased to 30% on the Loon Lake Fire as crews worked all throughout the day to complete 90% of the saw line and hose lay. There was no fire growth outside of the perimeter today. Estimated acreage remains at 102 with 61 personnel assigned to the fire. Interior pockets of dense black spruce torched in small groups this afternoon as is to be expected when temperatures reach 70 to 80 degrees for the third straight day. A medium helicopter assisted crews with bucket drops to prevent spotting. After contributing significant effort to cut and secure fireline, the Midnight Suns Hotshots were reassigned to assist with initial and extended attack in the Fairbanks area where they call home.
Alaska and the lower 48 have been experiencing longer and more severe wildfire seasons, with fire crews working harder and longer seasons to support suppression efforts. The biggest gift you can give the fire crews is to create defensible space around your home or business. Tomorrow you can learn about how to create defensible space at the Soldotna Wednesday Market. Just look for the prevention trailer and the crew from Kenai Peninsula Wildland Fire Education Cooperative. As we all experience these longer wildfire seasons, it’s truly important to understand and implement firewise best practices at home and at work. #FireYear2021 #KenaiWildfire #LoonLakeFire
Photo credits: Kale Casey/Alaska DNR-Division of Forestry