Tag Archives: Soldotna

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 […]

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Local responders to Aniak plane crash praised; injured state forestry personnel recovering

Three of the four Division of Forestry employees injured in a plane crash in the Western Alaska village of Aniak on Thursday are recovering in Anchorage hospitals today while the fourth has been treated and released. The three individuals still hospitalized suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and are in stable condition. The pilot was […]

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Firefighters stop spread of wildfire started by burning motorhome near Soldotna

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Kenai/Kodiak station were able to halt the spread of a small wildfire that was started when a motorhome caught fire Thursday afternoon near Soldotna. Firefighters responded to the fire at approximately 3:45 p.m. when it began to spread into the surrounding wildlands near Longmere Lake on Penny […]

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Four Division of Forestry employees survive plane crash in Aniak

UPDATE 7:45 p.m. – All four Division of Forestry employees that were injured in the crash have been medevaced to Anchorage with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Three of the individuals were medevaced to Alaska Native Medical Center and the fourth was transferred to Providence Alaska Medical Center. ORIGNAL POST Four Alaska Division of Forestry […]

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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 […]

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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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What’s the difference between a state burn suspension and closure?

Understandably, there seems to be some confusion amongst the public regarding the campfire closure that was recently issued – and has since been rescinded – by the Alaska Division of Forestry and how that relates to burn suspensions. The first thing you need to know is that Division of Forestry burn closures and suspensions apply […]

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Warm, dry weather pushes Swan Lake Fire to more than 12,500 acres

The Swan Lake Fire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge grew in size Friday, but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading south and west toward the Sterling Highway. As of Friday night, the fire was estimated at 12,564 acres, an increase of more than 4,000 acres, according to th Alaska Divsion of Forestry. […]

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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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State Forestry releases schedule of statewide firefighter training classes

The Alaska Division of Forestry will be holding wildland firefighting training classes at different locations around the state in April and May. The classes are for veteran firefighters who already have a Red Card, as well as rookie firefighters looking to begin a career in wildland firefighting. Classes are scheduled at Area Forestry offices in […]

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