With 100% containment of the Loon Lake Fire this weekend, the question lingers as to what is next for the Kenail this summer? Jeff Bouschor, Fire Management Officer for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, thanks the public and has this message and update for you. Also appearing: Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Manager Dan Nelson and Soldotna Forestry Prevention Tech Drew Andreson.
The Gannett Glacier Fire Crew was extracted from the fire over the weekend and returned to Palmer for mandatory days off before their next fire assignment. The UAF Wildland Fire Crew Nanooks Wildland Fire Type 2 hand crew will remain on the fire as long as Type 4 Incident Commander McNally needs them. The Nanooks will prioritize mopping up the mosaic edges of the green islands within the perimeter and along the edge of Swan Lake. With the constant concern of interactions with bears and other wildlife, the crew will continue to focus on maintaining a clean camp and backhauling trash every time a helicopter lands to deliver personnel or supplies.