Sunday Swan Lake Update Hot Weather Tests Fire Lines As Fire Activity

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Firefighters and the Sterling community saw their fire lines tested north of the Sterling Highway and Homer Electric transmission line as fire activity picked up on Saturday due to hot weather.  Sunday will be another test. The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 68,060 acres with roughly 487 crew members and at currently at 17% containment. Along the south side of the Swan Lake Fire, crews mopped-up and started suppression repair work for restoration of wildlife habitat on the refuge.  Heavy equipment operators fixed road damage, improving future access on Mystery Creek Road.Emery Johnson with the State Division of Forestry: “Fire crews along the East Fork Moose River continued to burnout pockets of dead trees and mop up. In the muskeg along Moose River in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, crews kept mopping up the burn scar of the 2017 East Fork Fire, which has left a heavy load of dead and down trees, securing this perimeter.” Hotshot firefighters finished work Saturday for point protection of the Moose Research Center, and made progress guarding public use cabins and ENSTAR gas pipeline infrastructure.  The Swan Lake Fire keeps slowly moving northeast, burning through thick black spruce stands. Traffic along the Sterling Highway has maintained two-way movement for the beginning of the holiday week. Use caution driving along the highway in the fire area, as firefighters are working along the road. A night crew will be patrolling and monitoring for smoke and flare-ups. If conditions deteriorate due to nighttime inversions, traffic delays may be possible. Smoke and haze conditions on the Kenai Peninsula are expected to remain for the next few days. A high pressure system over the area is keeping smoke from moving away until Sunday or early Monday as a front moves in. People who are sensitive to smoke may want to stay near coastal areas if possible, as sea breezes help disperse the smoke.Fire crews completed work June 28 to improve safety along the Sterling Fire Break.  To enhance community-wide safety, residents should remove needles from roofs and flammable vegetation from around buildings, according to the Alaska Incident Management Team.last_img

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