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Ash Pits are Hazardous to Firefighters

Ash pits have been a continuous safety concern for wildland firefighters working in Alaska during the months of August and September. These ash pits can be difficult to identify. Some are hot and have caused numerous burn injuries to firefighters on the Deshka Landing, Swan Lake and McKinley fires. Listen to the Deshka Fire safety […]

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Swan Lake Fire Update – September 1, 2019

Weather: Light rain and cooler temperatures arrived yesterday as expected. Field observations confirmed that moisture reached the ground in all but the densest spruce stands and did increase fuel moisture content. No measurable precipitation occurred last night and very little is expected until late tonight.  Sustained east to southeast winds of eight to ten miles […]

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Swan Lake Fire Public Information Map – Sept. 1, 2019

9.1.19 – 8:10 am – Swan Lake Fire Good morning, attached is today’s public information map for the Swan Lake Fire. The fire remains at 162,179 acres and is now at 29% containment. A trace of rain was reported overnight on the fire. Expect to see some smoke and fire activity on the southern end […]

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More Recreation Areas Open Near Swan Lake Fire

Current Situation: The Swan Lake Fire has not increased in acreage since July 22, however smoke may be visible in the area as the fire is still smoldering in the deep duff layers on the forest floor. The majority of firefighters have either traveled home or been reassigned to other wildfires. A small group of […]

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Swan Lake Incident Commander Brian Pisarek says Thank You

The Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transfer command of the Swan Lake Fire to the a smaller, local IMT on Wednesday, July 31. This type 3 team will monitor the fire and finish the remaining work, which includes chipping and fireline repair. Incident Commander Brian Pisarek took a moment to thank […]

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Final Update for Swan Lake Fire

Daily Update for July 30  This will be the final update for the Swan Lake Fire unless significant activity occurs. For further area, trail, and campground information, please call the office or visit the website for each respective land management agency. Sterling, AK – As the workload for the Swan Lake Fire nears completion, the […]

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Warm, Dry Weather Forecasted; Helicopters to assist Backhaul Missions

Daily Update for July 29  Sterling, AK – Significant rainfall over the past five days has saturated the upper layers of duff on the forest floor. The deeper layers of decaying vegetation remain dry, but considerable drying would have to occur before any fire activity could be detected, according to the Incident Fire Behavior Analyst, […]

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Swan Lake Fire not expected to spread; Suppression Repair and Backhaul ongoing

Daily Update for July 28 CURRENT SITUATION:  Fire growth has been limited to creeping and smoldering within the fire perimeter for six days. Significant rain over the past 48 hours has resulted in little smoke and better air quality. Residual heat is primarily on the interior of the fire or toward the north end, away […]

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Minimal Fire Activity Observed on the Swan Lake Fire

Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting at Cooper Landing Elementary School July 25, 2019https://www.facebook.com/EasternAreaIMT/videos/2260304374064873/ Daily Update for July 26 YESTERDAY: :  The Swan Lake Fire was quiet yesterday, with no gain in acreage. Smoke was visible from scattered areas on the interior of the fire where logs and other large fuels continued to burn. Fine fuels […]

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No Growth Due to Rain on Swan Lake Fire

PUBLIC MEETING THURSDAY, 6 PM COOPER LANDING SCHOOL – 19030 BEAN CREEK ROADFacebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/EasternAreaIMT/ Daily Update for July 25 YESTERDAY: No growth occurred on the fire due to rain and cooler temperatures.  Fire crews removed the structure protection hose from the Moose Research Center and continued to remove miles of hose from non-active […]

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