Wednesday Update: Swan Lake Fire Surpasses 100,000 Acres

first_imgThe restriction does not apply to charcoal grills, gas grills and backpacking or camp stoves that use fuel or compressed canisters. The Incident Command Team, for the fire, is reminding motorists to be aware of personnel, construction zones, and smoke along the Sterling Highway. Always use headlights and caution, especially during the overnight hours. For current road conditions visit http://511.alaska.gov. In response to current extreme fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula, effective immediately and until further notice, all campfires in the region, even those in established fire pits or rings in designated state campgrounds, are prohibited. This includes cooking, warming or signaling fires. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has expanded to include the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and still includes the Sterling Highway corridor. Pilots can confirm the current TFR restrictions at http://tfr.faa.gov. Personal drone operation is not permitted on the refuge. Smoke is expected to shift back towards the Kenai/Soldotna area after the north winds that have been pushing smoke from the Swan Lake Fire into Cooper Landing and Seward are expected to shift to coming out of the southwest. Cahill: “We are seeing quite a different shift. The good thing with the fire behavior being reduced that should mean less smoke for the residential areas.” center_img There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at the Cooper Landing Elementary School. Firefighters continue to work on the fire, often in remote areas not easily accessed by road or trail. Crews are establishing temporary spike camps in safe locations near the fire. This lets them monitor the fire and take action quickly without requiring time to drive, hike, and/or fly to critical areas. As the fire activity shifts over the landscape, the crews move their spike camps. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire continues to burn in higher elevations and is now estimated at 100,027 acres with 415 personnel and remains at 14% containment. Jim Cahill with the Incident Management Team: “We are definitely seeing the fire slow up as it reaches higher elevations where there is less fuel, and that’s good news which we hope continues.”last_img

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