Watch this comprehensive video update of the 18,700-acre #SwanLakeFire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge by Alaska IMT2 Operations Chief John Glover. Filmed in Sterling, Alaska, on June 19, 2019 with photos and videos provided by firefighters. Many cooperating partners and agencies are involved in the management of this lightning fire, including the Kenai Peninsula District, the Kenai City Fire Department, the City of Soldotna, the City of Sterling and many more.
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Manual crews supported by air resources have devoted all efforts to limit the amount of fire growth to Sterling and the Sterling Highway corridor. On Tuesday night, the Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Team took advantage of a favorable weather window at night that allowed firing operations to continue on the eastern flank. The purpose of these operations is to eliminate fuel sources before the fire approaches, and start cleaning as soon as possible to create a strong control line. With the need for shooting skills and the experience of shooting teams, five teams from the lower 48 were ordered Tuesday and will start arriving later today to reinforce the efforts of the four Alaskan teams currently participating in the efforts. of repression
A map showing the perimeter of the 15,648-acre Swan Lake fire starting Tuesday night, June 18, 2019. For a downloadable version of the PDF map, go to the Swan Lake Fire PDF map on June 19 .
The activity of the fire is anticipated today on the eastern flank of the fire, where the continuous stands of black spruce are very receptive to the spread of fire. The goal in the short and long term is to prevent the fire from settling east of Mystery Creek Road. Air supervisors will assess the behavior of the fire and direct the work of the helicopter's bucket and air tanks as necessary to keep this advantage under control. Fire teams will continue to look for opportunities to use burn operations and begin the process of cleaning control lines.
Firefighters and fire prevention specialists visit the neighborhoods of the Sterling community to assess the preparation of the owners. There is currently no immediate threat to Sterling, but now is the time to prepare. You can find more information at Firewise.org, Alaska.gov/fire/firewise or Wildland Fire – Ready Set Go!
A member of the Ganita Glacier Type 2 Initail attack crew uses a drip torch during a burn operation on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Photo of the Alaska Forest Division
The Alaska agency incident management team will organize a community meeting on Friday, June 21 at the Sterling Community Center at 6 p.m. Incident command personnel will be available to provide information on fires and will share the strategies and tactics used to protect critical infrastructure throughout the community. All interested residents can attend and ask questions about this incident and the efforts made to protect the community and critical infrastructure.
OBJECTIVE: The fire is burning in a limited protection area within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Fire managers of the Alaska Division of Forestry are working in collaboration with shelter staff to control the fire. The goal of all suppression efforts is to protect all values at risk, including the Sterling community and the highway corridor, while reducing the risks of forest fires in the future and improving wildlife habitat .
TIME: The winds are predicted to be lighter today with a warming and drying trend that will continue this week.
SAFETY: Motorists are urged to yield to fire brigades entering Sterling Highway and adhere to traffic signage near miles 82 and 92. Fire must be observed from a safe place instead of stopping along the road. For current road conditions, visit Support agencies publish information related to fires and smoke, official updates and useful links at www.kpboem.com. The temporary flight restriction (TFR) is still in place to support repression efforts and firefighter safety. Pilots can confirm current TFR restrictions at tfr.faa.gov. Please note that the drone operation is not allowed in the shelter.
FIRE INFORMATION: Call the fire information line at 208-391-3488, visit kpboem.com or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/
KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE INFORMATION: Contact the Refuge Visitors Center at 907-260-2820 or online at kenai.fws.gov. .