Tag Archives: Kenai Peninsula

Hunters heading into the woods should be careful with fire

It’s hunting season and the Alaska Division of Forestry is reminding hunters heading out into the woods to use caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire. While rain has soaked many parts of Alaska in the past week to lower the wildfire danger, other parts of the state remain warm and dry with […]

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A plume of smoke rises from a patch of unburned fuel in the interior of the Swan Lake Fire on the northern Kenai Peninsula on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Photo by Amber Kraxberger-Linson/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Swan Lake Fire perks up with hotter, drier weather but poses no threat

As expected, fire activity on the Swan Lake Fire (#181) burning on the northern Kenai Peninsula has increased in recent days as a result of unseasonably hot, dry weather. That trend will likely continue until a change in the weather. While most firefighting personnel have been released from the fire, the fire continues to put […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/29-7/30; Air quality improving, but smoke not gone over central Interior

While recent weather conditions have decreased smoke in most areas, warmer weather and persistent drought may cause an increase in fire activity over the next few days. Light haze may also develop over Juneau from fires in Canada, but air quality will remain good there. North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Upper Yukon) Fire Drought conditions […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/22 – 7/23: Warmer temperatures return, heavy smoke in Upper Yukon zone

A high pressure system is returning to Alaska, bringing warmer temperatures back to fire areas and an increase in fire activity. Fuels in Alaska especially dry in the Upper Yukon Valley where numerous fires are burning, with heavy smoke being produced that is affecting air quality. Many times, communities will see clear skies in the […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/20 – 7/21: Weather moderating in many areas, diminished levels of smoke anticipated

Temperature is moderating in many areas of Alaska including the Upper Yukon Zone. Wind gusts up to 30 mph in the Upper Yukon Zone is expected for today and will have an impact to fire activity. Smoke is forecasted to be in the unhealthy range once again, and residents are advised to take any steps […]

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Columns of smoke rise Thursday evening, July 18, 2019, from where a helicopter has dropped plastic spheres that ignite to catch a broad area black spruce on fire. The tactical firing operation is removing the fuels ahead of the Frozen Calf Fire (#367) to the northeast of Chalkyitsik. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Smoke Outlook for 7/19 – 7/20: Fire weather generally moderate; Upper Yukon still extreme

Cooler weather and rainfall have decreased fire activity in some Alaskan communities, while dry and warmer temperatures continue to promote fire activity elsewhere across the state. There are currently 215 fires burning across Alaska, producing varying amounts of smoke that has the potential to travel large distances in some cases. Residents who have known health […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/16 – 7/17: Increased temperatures will increase smoke conditions

Temperatures are forecasted to increase once again in the southern portion of the state including the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, and the Mat-Su valley. An increase in heat translates into lower relative humidity and more fire activity, which of course produces a greater amount of smoke. As a result, Cooper Landing is forecasted to see a […]

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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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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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