Swan Lake Fire – Residual fire-related hazards in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

The video below provides a ground level view of hazards within the perimeter of the Swan Lake Fire. Concern for public safety continues to necessitate area closures. Caution is urged when traveling on roads within the fire area. Hazards include ash pits and fire-weakened trees, which my fall in little or no wind – Stay […]

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E.T. Collinsworth is a medic on the Hadweenzic River Fire east end. Photo by Geoff Liesk, Alaska Interagency Fire Information Center

Alaska Fire Medic program: Taking care of firefighters in the field

Wildland firefighters face all kinds of hazards during fire season. When firefighters fall ill or get injured, getting them needed medical care is not a matter of simply calling 911. The nearest hospital is often a 300-mile flight away, pushing medical care to another level of urgency in Alaska. Something as simple as a blister […]

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Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet & Public Information Map – 9/22/19 – 9:30 AM

SwanLakeFire Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C. Size: 167,164 acres Containment: 68% Personnel: 221 Current Status: Over the course of the past several days fire crews have been completing fire suppression repair work in various locations along the western, southern, and […]

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McKinley Fire Heavy Equipment Operators Explain the Process

McKinley Fire Suppression Repair: 3 Minute Video of Heavy Equipment Operators Vern and Neil

All of the equipment operators, including Vern and Neil who are featured in this short video, are critical to the success of both the suppression and repair of the McKinley Fire. Watch as Vern and Neil explain the process of reducing debris along the Mat-Stu Borough and DOT right of ways within the McKinley Fire […]

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Swan Lake Fire, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Flyover, 9/14/2019

This video, shot during a flight over the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, shows a mosaic of varying degrees of burn intensity after the Swan Lake Fire passed through. While fire activity is now low, concern for public safety due to residual hazards, such as ash pits and fire-weakened trees, has prompted the need for continued […]

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Photo of From left to right, firefighters Lakota Burwell, Troy Coberly, Charlie Pohlman, Sarah Nelson and Brian Pitts cook diner over a fire while on the Zitziana River Fire in June of 2018. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS public affairs specialist

Life in a remote Alaska fire camp

While fire camps in rural Alaska can be similar to remote fires in the Lower 48, they have their own special concerns and qualities. Morning operational briefings are broadcasted over hand-held radios. Every one gathers underneath at big yellow tarp for breakfast in the morning and dinner before bedtime. The coffee pot hangs from a […]

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Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet and Public Information Map – 9/21/19 – 10:00 AM

SwanLakeFire Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C. Size: 167,164 acres Containment: 68% Personnel: 232 Current Status: Yesterday, crews continued to work on suppression repair and equipment backhaul operations in several locations around the fire. Sections of the fire perimeter continued to […]

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Trout Lake and Juneau Lake Cabin Fly Over September 14, 2019

#SwanLakeFire A video taken during a reconnaissance flight over the Swan Lake Fire. As of 9/20/2019, closures remain in place over the fire area.  Please check with the Chugach National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/chugac… for current closure status.Link to closure information as of 9/21/2019:https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/…/relate…/pict20190820-171925-0.pdf

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Last Section of Kenai River to Reopen to Boaters Saturday 9/21/2019

#SwanLakeFire Last section of Kenai River to reopen to boaters The last section of the Kenai River closed during the Swan Lake fire will reopen for boating on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The southern channel of the Kenai River between River Mile 69.5 and 71.5 had been closed to support firefighting efforts, but recent rain […]

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Native Alaskan Carves Walrus Ivory Into Angel and Firefighter to Say Thank You

McKinley Fire: Native Alaskan Wildfire Survivor Carves Walrus Ivory Into Angel and Firefighter to Say Thank You

#McKinleyFire Wildfire survivor Robert McCoy thought that his home had been destroyed by the fast moving wind-driven wildfire on August 18 2019. Fire crews were able to save Robert’s house and today Robert, an Alaskan Native and artist who works with raw walrus ivory, presented a very special tribute piece to the fire crews.  Thank […]

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