Tag Archives: Kenai Peninsula

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 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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Lightning ignites multiple wildfires on Kenai Peninsula

More than 50 wildland firefighters are responding to a 121-acre wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula, one of several wildfires on the Peninsula started by lightning associated with afternoon thunderstorms Wednesday. The Tustumena Lake Fire (#179) is located in the Caribou Hills approximately 30 miles south of Soldotna. The fire was discovered at 6 p.m. by […]

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Rash of human-caused fires ushers in Alaska wildfire season; burn suspensions issued, caution advised

Wildfire season arrived in earnest over the weekend with a spate of human-caused wildfires in Southcentral Alaska. The Alaska Division of Forestry responded to 13 fire reports on Saturday and Sunday, all but two of which were located on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su Valley. All 13 fires were human caused. One of […]

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State forestry firefighters assist in stopping 2.5-acre brush fire in Ninilchik

A quick response by firefighters from local fire departments and the Alaska Division of Forestry helped keep a 2 ½ -acre brush fire in check Saturday on the Kenai Peninsula. The Bluff Drive Fire in Ninilchik was reported at 1:18 p.m. The fire started in a subdivision in the area of Oil Well Road and […]

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Use caution with fire over Memorial Day Weekend

Don’t let the slow start to Alaska’s wildland fire season fool you – it’s a matter of when, not if, we will experience wildfires. Alaska’s state and federal wildland fire managers remind Alaskans and visitors alike to exercise caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire over Memorial Day Weekend. Despite a mild start […]

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Aggressive initial attack calms wildfire near Nikolaevsk on Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and local fire departments are making good progress containing a wildfire near the village of Nikolaevsk on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula. The fire, estimated at 5 acres, was reported at approximately 4 p.m. off Bolotna Road. The fire was burning in grass and heavy slash […]

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State forestry battling two wildfires on Kenai Peninsula; one in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and one near Homer

The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to two wildfires burning on the Kenai Peninsula. The East Fork Fire was reported at 6:25 p.m. and is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 5-6 miles north of the Sterling Highway. The last size estimate on the fire was 150 acres and the fire is […]

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2016 Alaska fire season numbers well below normal

Fairbanks, AK – Sept. 30 – Despite an early start to Alaska’s 2016 wildfire season, the number of acres burned this summer ended up well below normal levels. A total of 558 wildfires burned 500,095 acres in Alaska this summer, making it the 36th largest fire season on record dating back to 1939, according to […]

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