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Photo of a smoke column on the northeast side of the Swan Lake Fire as seen on Monday, June 17, 2019. Photo by Casey Lasota/Alaska Division of Forestry.

Crews continue firing operations to secure line on Swan Lake Fire

A reconnaissance flight Tuesday afternoon of the Swan Lake Fire showed an estimated overall two day increase of just under 3,000 acres, with the vast majority of growth to the north and northeast. The fire is now estimated at 15,648 acres and there are 169 personnel assigned to the fire, according to the Alaska Division […]

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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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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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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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East Fork Fire on Kenai Peninsula now estimated at 850 acres

A lightning-caused wildfire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge more than doubled in size on Friday after increasing winds throughout the afternoon produced extreme fire behavior on the east and northeast sides of the fire. The latest size estimate on the East Fork Fire as of late Friday night was 850 acres. Most of the […]

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