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Swan Lake Fire – Travel Advisory August 17, 2019 at 11:00 p.m.

Due to smoke impacts and fire activity your ability to travel the highway (approximately mp 54-63) or the Upper Kenai River may be affected. This is an evolving situation that may affect the ability to launch and take out at Sportsman’s and Jim’s Landing boat launches.

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Parks Highway re-opened as state forestry battles two wildfires in Mat-Su Valley

10 p.m. Update – This will be the final update of the evening. For highway information, go to 511.Alaska.gov. Firefighters continue to work furiously to contain two wildfires burning about 20 miles apart on the opposite side of the Parks Highway, one of which temporarily closed the highway between mileposts 88 to 93. As of […]

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Swan Lake Fire Update – August 17, 2019

A cold front moving in from the north is bringing very dry, gusty northwest wind which is pushing smoke into Cooper Landing and the Kenai River corridor. These dry, windy conditions further dried out fuels yesterday and there was a marked increase in fire activity in several areas. There was substantial growth in the Thurman […]

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A photo of the Crow Pass Fire (#713) burning on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Photo by Mat-Su Forestry Helitack

Crow Pass Fire perks up with warm weather; Steeple Fire put to bed

Given the warm, dry weather that has persisted in Southcentral Alaska, the Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office continues to keep an eye on two small wildfires that started last week near Eagle River. State forestry received multiple calls about increased activity and smoke from the Crow Pass Fire (#713) on Thursday. The fire is […]

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Smoke from the east side of the Swan Lake Fire rises above Upper Jean Lake along the Sterling Highway on Thursday, August 16, 2019. Photo by Brentwood Reid/Alaska Division of Forestry

Swan Lake Fire continues to put up smoke along Sterling Highway; fire weather watch issued through Saturday

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the Swan Lake Fire area from 4 p.m. today through Saturday evening for hot, dry, and windy conditions. A Fire Weather Watch is an alert to firefighters and land managers to the high potential for conditions to develop that could lead to an increase in fire danger […]

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FINAL VIDEO UPDATE: Chalkyitsik and Cornucopia Complexes Summary of the 2019 Upper Yukon Flats Fire

FINAL VIDEO UPDATE: Chalkyitsik and Cornucopia Complexes Summary of the 2019 Upper Yukon Flats Fire

Watch the season wrap up for the Chalkyitsik and Cornucopia Complexes. This twelve minute wide ranging summary brings you to the front lines. Chalkyitsik/Cornucopia Fire YouTube videos: https://bit.ly/2K5TW6h and the BLM Alaska YouTube Channel. In mid-July storms passed through the Yukon Flats with thousands of lightning strikes. Drought conditions left the trees and duff layer very […]

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Cloud cover moderates fire activity on Swan Lake Fire

Cloud cover throughout the operational period yesterday once again moderated fire behavior on the 102,548-acre Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge despite strong winds from the south. Interior islands of green fuels continued to burn out but there was little new perimeter growth. Water drops from helicopters were used to cool an […]

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Personnel working on the Swan Lake Fire use a hydro seeder to reseed a section of dozer line on Monday, August 13, 2019. Photo by Alaska Division of Forestry

Reseeding begins on Swan Lake Fire dozer lines

The 11 miles of dozer line constructed to control the spread of the Swan Lake Fire north of the Sterling Highway have been repaired and reseeding operations began Monday, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Fire personnel are utilizing a hydro-seeder as well as hand-seeding on steeper slopes to prevent erosion and to mitigate […]

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Upper Yukon Flats Busy Fire Season Moderates – FINAL FIRE UPDATE August 13, 2019

In mid-July storms passed through the Yukon Flats with thousands of lightning strikes. Drought conditions left the trees and duff layer very dry allowing fires to grow and difficult to contain. The rest of Alaska was also experiencing an extreme fire season and resources were limited. The BLM Alaska Fire Service (AFS) requested the assistance […]

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This photo shows the steep terrain the Crow Pass Fire is burning in near the Crow Pass Trail east of Anchorage in Chugach State Park. Photo by Mat-Su Area helitack

State forestry working to contain small wildfire in steep country near Crow Pass Trail

The Alaska Division of Forestry is currently working to contain a small wildfire that started on Sunday near the Crow Pass Trail east of Anchorage in Chugach State Park. The Crow Pass Fire (#713) was reported by passing aircraft at about 5 p.m. Sunday in the Eagle River drainage near Icicle Creek. The fire was […]

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