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BLM AFS, USARAK to burn debris piles on Interior Alaska training lands

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will burn piles of woody debris on military training lands in Interior Alaska starting as early as this Saturday. Burning operations for piles on the Fort Wainwright Area Main Post (FWAMP), the Tanana Flats Training Area (TFTA) […]

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Swan Lake Fire Line Holds Despite Warm Weather

On a hot Saturday, firefighters and the Sterling community saw their fire lines tested north of the Sterling Highway and Homer Electric transmission line as fire activity picked up.  Sunday will be another test.  Also along the south side of the Swan Lake Fire, crews mopped-up and started suppression repair work for restoration of wildlife […]

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Crews Strengthen Line Along Sterling Highway

On Friday, firefighters strengthened and reinforced fire lines along the Sterling Highway and East Fork Moose River. In the muskeg area of the Moose River in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, crews are mopping up the burn scar of the 2017 East Fork Fire, which has left a heavy load of dead and down trees, […]

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Crews Work to Strengthen Containment Along South Edge of Swan Lake Fire

Crews worked along natural barriers Thursday to complete the burnout operation along the Sterling Highway and the East Fork Moose River. Firefighters are working along the Sterling Highway achieving a 20-25 feet wide cold line perimeter. Once this is completed and the line strengthened in coming days, it will protect Sterling and the highway corridor. […]

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Swan Lake Fire Update: Firing Operations Completed North of the Highway and the Transmission Line

Strategic firing operations continued yesterday along the Sterling Highway from Milepost 68, west toward the Watson Lake campground. Unfavorable conditions with winds out of the north slowed hand-firing efforts during the morning. Helicopters and drones with Plastic Sphere Dispensing (PSD) machines that drop ping-pong like balls with reactive chemicals inside were used to increase the […]

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Swan Lake Fire Burn Operations Continue Along the Sterling Highway & Community Meeting Tonight at 6 PM

Fire crews conducted a strategic fire operation yesterday north of the Sterling Highway and the Homer Electric Transmission line. Utilizing aerial ignitions and ground support, firefighters took advantage of favorable conditions to establish a control line and draw the fire near the road system away from the Sterling Highway and into areas away from critical […]

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Swan Lake Fire June 25th Update: Firefighters Poised to Implement Strategic Firing Operations with Favorable Winds.

¬†Today fire crews are planning a strategic firing operation to establish a control line to the north of the Sterling Highway and the Homer Electric Transmission line. Travelers can expect traffic delays between mileposts 58 to 75. Pilot cars will be moving traffic in the northbound lane and fire apparatus will be positioned in the […]

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Swan Lake Fire June 24th Update: Winds Push Fire Towards Sterling Highway

 Firefighting efforts intensified yesterday as the fire was steadily pushed by a north-northwest wind to the south and east. Despite aggressive air support, the fire moved south in the Mystery Creek Road area by mid-afternoon and in some cases crossed established containment lines. The fire is estimated to be two miles from the Sterling Highway. […]

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Swan Lake Fire June 23rd: Canadian Scoopers Arrive to Support Fire Crews as They Work on Control Lines

Fire crews strengthened and reinforced firelines on the western and southern edges as they worked to increase the width of the control lines and continued extensive mop-up operations. Northwesterly winds pushed the fire further to the east of Mystery Creek Road and southeast away from the community of Sterling. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge closed […]

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Swan Lake Fire June 22nd Update: Mop Up Continues on Southwest Control Line

¬†Yesterday more than 200 community members attended a fire information meeting with a complete update at the Sterling Community Center. The live stream of this meeting has been shared on the social media platforms listed here so that interested persons can review all of the information presented. The Operations Chief explained to the residents that […]

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