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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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Smoke observed by firefighters in the Mystery Creek drainage during a monitoring flight of the Swan Lake Fire on Friday, August 9, 2019. Photo by Nick Adamson/Alaska Division of Forestry

Swan Lake Fire responds to warm, dry weather with increased smoke

The Swan Lake Fire (#181) burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the northern Kenai Peninsula has responded to the warm, dry weather of this past week with increased activity and smoke in the Mystery and Thurman Creek drainages on the northeast corner of the fire. Containment lines continue to hold but more smoke […]

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graphic for open fire ban

Current fire and fireworks restrictions to help you have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July

Campfire restrictions Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai Peninsula State Parks, and Chugach National Forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Open campfires are restricted to designated campgrounds or cabins within enclosed metal fire grates or designated fire rings provided. Use of cooking stoves and gas grills […]

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Swan Lake Fire transitions to Type 2 incident management team; crews continue prep work

Fire growth on the Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was moderated by the cloud cover n Monday. Limited expansion occurred in the areas mostly to the north and northwest where the black spruce stands remain receptive to fire growth. The fire area remains at an estimated 12,782 acres according to […]

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Reconnaissance Flight Confirms Work on Swan Lake Fire

As expected, the cloudy day yesterday allowed firefighters on the 12,782-acre Swan Lake Fire to make good progress. The southwestern firelines nearest the community of Sterling were further strengthened and widened as crews strategically tied work with the existing pipeline right-of-way clearing.   The local Yukon Fire crew has joined the three other crews in this […]

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Cooler, wetter conditions produce minimal growth on Swan Lake Fire

Firefighters benefitted from cooler, wetter weather on Saturday where the Swan Lake Fire is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The moderating weather resulted in minimal fire growth, with the latest size estimate of 12,782 acres, an increase of only about 200 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Crews made progress improving […]

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Swan Lake Fire continues to grow; crews working to strengthen indirect lines

Yesterday, west winds pushed the lightning-caused Swan Lake Fire further east into the Dave Spencer Unit of the Kenai Wilderness, resulting in an increase in acreage of about 1,400 acres. The fire is now mapped at an estimated 8,400 total acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Crews observed shifting winds throughout the day […]

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Fairbanks Area Forestry firefighters took this photo of a small wildfire burning near Bradway Road and Lakloey Drive in North Pole as they were responding to the fire by helicopter on Friday, June 14, 2019. Alaska Division of Forestry photo

Swan Lake Fire doubles in size to almost 7,000 acres

The lightning-caused Swan Lake Fire has roughly doubled in size to an estimated 6,951 acres and continues to burn in a Limited protection area of the Kenai National Wildfire Refuge. The fire has burned west into the 2017 East Fork Fire scar and is currently located 2.7 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 5.5 […]

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Swan Lake Fire continues to grow with warm, dry conditions

The lightning-caused Swan Lake Fire was estimated at 3,665 acres after a reconnaissance flight Tuesday evening, an increase of approximately 1,000 acres from Monday. Most of the new growth was to the northwest and northeast away from the Sterling highway and 5 ½ miles from the community of Sterling. As of late Tuesday, the fire […]

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Swan Lake Fire on Kenai Peninsula now estimated at 3,500 acres

With another warm, dry day on the Kenai Peninsula, the Swan Lake Fire (#181) burning north of the Sterling Highway continued to grow. The lightning-caused fire was estimated at 3,500 acres after a reconnaissance flight Tuesday evening, an increase of approximately 1,000 acres from Monday. Most of the new growth was to the northwest and […]

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