Tag Archives: Kenai Peninsula

Rain allows cautious, permitted burning to resume on Kenai Peninsula

Moderating weather and increased precipitation on the Kenai Peninsula have prompted the Alaska Division of Forestry to lift the two-month long burn permit suspension as of 8 a.m. today, opening the way for cautious, permitted burning. Concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic could make it impossible to rely on Lower 48 firefighting resources this summer led […]

Continue reading

Firefighters respond to second Swan Lake Fire holdover near Sterling Highway

Firefighters on the Kenai Peninsula are mopping up a second holdover fire from last summer’s Swan Lake Fire that was reported Thursday afternoon by multiple motorists on the Sterling Highway. The Swan Lake Overwinter #2 Fire is estimated at 7.2 acres and is not expected to grow in size. The fire was reported at 3:30 […]

Continue reading

Rain brings end to burn suspension, except on Kenai Peninsula

With widespread weekend rain reducing wildfire danger across much of the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry is rescinding its near-statewide burn permit suspension everywhere except on the Kenai Peninsula, effective immediately. The burn suspension will remain in effect on state, private and municipal lands on the Kenai Peninsula throughout June, prohibiting burning of brush […]

Continue reading

Governor Dunleavy urges Alaskans to prepare for, prevent wildfires

With the state’s second-worst wildland fire season looming large in Alaskans’ memories, Governor Mike Dunleavy has proclaimed Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week (May 10-16) to help reduce the risk of a replay this summer. The governor, along with fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry, is urging Alaskans to take personal responsibility for […]

Continue reading

First retardant drop of season helps stop wildfire threatening cabins near Ninilchik

The Alaska Division of Forestry deployed its first air retardant tanker of the season on Sunday to help combat a small wildfire threatening cabins in the Caribou Hills near Ninilchik on the Kenai Peninsula. State Forestry wildland firefighters and firefighters from Ninilchik Emergency Services were called to a report of a grass fire near Mile […]

Continue reading

Grass fire started by discarded cigarette near Homer illustrates dry conditions on southern Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to a small grass fire near Homer on Wednesday that was ignited by a discarded cigarette butt. It was the first wildfire of the season on the Kenai Peninsula and illustrates how dry conditions are on the southern Peninsula around Homer, which […]

Continue reading

Agencies Announce Partial Opening of River and Areas

September 9, 2019 CORRECTION: See updated release on September 10, 2019. Agencies Open Areas to the Public for Recreation Access Effective 12:01am on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks announces the reopening of a portion of the Upper Kenai River previously closed to support firefighting operations. As of […]

Continue reading

Burn suspension lifted on Kenai Peninsula as of 8 a.m. today

With moderating weather and precipitation experienced throughout the Kenai Peninsula over the weekend, the burn suspension that was in effect has been lifted as of 8 a.m. on Monday, September 9. However, due to the extension of Alaska’s wildland fire season from August 31 to September 30, burn permits are still required for any open […]

Continue reading

Mat-Su Valley burn suspension to be lifted at noon today; Kenai Peninsula burn suspension remains in effect

Due to significant rainfall yesterday and last night, the burn permit suspension that has been in effect for the Matanuska-Susitina Valley will be lifted at noon today, Sunday, September 8. Open debris burning and the use of burn barrels will be allowed at that time with an Alaska Division of Forestry burn permit. THE BURN […]

Continue reading

Burn closure lifted, but burn suspensions remain in Kenai, Mat-Su

Gradual reduction of extreme danger from existing or new wildfires in some parts of Southcentral Alaska may be creating public confusion about what burning is allowed, and what is still prohibited, a state forestry official said today. “We appreciate the public’s understanding of our need to err on the side of caution when it comes […]

Continue reading