Friday Noon Update: Fire Activity Remains High On Swan Lake Fire

first_imgHeavy smoke impacts in Cooper Landing, Primrose, Seward, and along the Sterling Highway is expected throughout Friday and most of the weekend. A dense smoke advisory has been issued for the Kenai Peninsula.  The Sterling Highway south and east of the fire will continue to be a concern, according to smoke forecast from AKfireinfo.com The fire is continuing to see hot dry conditions. It was active yesterday and is expected to be active again today. Heather McLean with the State Division of Forestry: “Temperatures are going to be in the 90s and there will be light winds on the fire this morning, moving smoke around.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire is estimated at 89,700 acres with roughly 480 crew members and is currently at 14% containment. A Community meeting will be held on Friday, at 6:00pm, at the Cooper Landing School. All suppression efforts are based on firefighter and public safety principles. Fire behavior continues to be active, with hot and dry conditions and low humidity. Additional resources continue to arrive daily to support suppression efforts for the Swan Lake Fire.center_img If smoke becomes hazardous on the highway, the Alaska Department of Transportation and the Alaska State Troopers evaluate the driving conditions to determine the need for traffic control. McLean: “Fuels are really drying further, and firefighters are seeing fire behavior unusual for Alaska.  The perimeter is good and secure closest to Sterling and along the highway.” On the east end of the fire, multiple indirect containment opportunities are identified to minimize impacts to the Sterling Highway. Existing containment lines continue to hold.last_img

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