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East Fork Fire Community Open House Tonight

An open house will be held tonight at the Sterling Elementary School from 5-7pm. Stop by this evening to talk with East Fork Fire personnel as well as local officials from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the Alaska Division of Forestry, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Office of Emergency Management, Central Emergency Services and the Alaska […]

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East Fork Fire TFR Encroachments Becoming a Concern

There have been numerous aircraft busting the temporary flight restriction (TFR) in place over the fire. The TFR is in place to provide for the safety of fire-related aircraft operations. Pilots should check with the Federal Aviation Administration before flying in the area. The most up to date TFR is available at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html. The return of […]

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Warmer and Drier Conditions Return to the East Fork Fire

The recent cool and damp weather conditions moderated fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Warm and dry weather has returned to the Peninsula and is predicted to continue through the weekend. The change in weather will likely cause an increase in fire activity and smoke production. The […]

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East Fork Fire to Begin Demobilizing

Current cool and damp weather conditions continue to moderate fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Due to the moderating fire activity, fire managers are beginning the demobilization process and expect to start releasing crews over the weekend. The lightning-caused fire remains approximately 1,016 acres with 145 personnel […]

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East Fork Fire Activity Moderates

Tuesday’s rain and the current weather conditions have dramatically moderated fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The lightning-caused fire remains approximately 1,016 acres and currently has 147 personnel assigned. The fire is in a limited protection area about 4.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 3.5 […]

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East Fork Fire Receives Some Rain

The lightning-caused East Fork Fire has been remapped to more accurately reflect the perimeter which is now 1016 acres. The fire behavior is currently described as smoldering with minimal burning.  The fire remains approximately 4.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 3.5 miles east of the nearest residential area. The fire received one-third of […]

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East Fork Fire Implements New Fire Management Strategy

The East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is now estimated at 1,410 acres. Weather permitting, a flight to get more accurate mapping and acreage is planned today. The fire remains approximately 4.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 3.5 miles east of the nearest residential area. A new fire management […]

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East Fork Fire community meeting in Sterling tonight at 6 p.m.

A public meeting will be held tonight at the Sterling Community Center at 6pm. Join us tonight at the public meeting for an update on current fire activity as well as the plan for how it will be managed. Officials from the Alaska Division of Forestry, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Kenai Peninsula Borough […]

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Kenai Peninsula’s East Fork Fire grows to over 1,300 acres

The lightning-caused East Fork has grown to over 1300 acres and continues to burn in a limited protection area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The fire remains approximately 4.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 3.5 miles east of the nearest residential area. Firefighting efforts are focused on the western and southern perimeters […]

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The Call of the Wild Fire (#242) burned on the northwest side of Big Lake. Forestry firefighters are working on mopping up the fire today. Photo by Renette Saba//Alaska Division of Forestry

Forestry firefighters stop Big Lake fire

Alaska Division of Forestry crews worked late into the night and early Sunday morning to contain a fire near Big Lake. Six DOF firefighters stayed overnight on the fire – named after the nearby Call of the Wild Road – and picked up where they left off at 7 a.m. to get the 3.8 acre […]

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