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This blog is maintained as an effort to coordinate and collocate responding agencies' information for easier public access during events on the Kenai Peninsula. The information here is written and provided by the contributing agencies. NOTE: The blog will be updated as the need arises and may be dormant at times.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

7/16/19 KPB Alerts Emergency Nofication Test Results for Cooper Landing, Alaska

The Borough Office of Emergency Management activated a test call through the “KPB Alerts” emergency notification system within the unincorporated community of Cooper Landing, Alaska. This phone call was released to all landlines and registered cell phones at 1:05 PM today Tuesday July 16, 2019.  This brief test was only being conducted for registered landlines and cell phones with physical addresses located in Cooper Landing.
The results from today's test notification at 1:05PM are based upon call volume.* The stats below do not breakdown how a user elects to register cell phones or the number of calls that went to cell phones or landlines that are in service. The test ended at 1:16PM.

416 attempted calls
333 calls (33 incomplete)
73 email notifications
108 text message notifications
1 TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf)

*There are 292 assigned landlines within Cooper Landing.


As of 2:00PM, the Borough OEM office did not receive any technical reports from community members. Individuals that did not receive the test notification by today July 16, 2019 may email or call the Office of Emergency Management. To provide a technical report or for more information, call 907-262-INFO (4636) or email oem@kpb.us. Please provide the name of your cell phone carrier, your physical address and the registered phone numbers.

07/16/19 Swan Lake Fire Update


YESTERDAY: The Eastern Area Incident Management Team Type 2 assumed command of the Swan Lake Fire at 8:00 a.m.  Minimal fire spread was observed with limited interior smoldering and isolated torching.
TODAY: Firefighters will continue working on the east flank of the fire.  The Chickaloon, Thurman, and Mystery Creek drainages are expected to have little growth potential in the next 48 hours. Crews are utilizing natural features and existing trails as fire lines to establish control lines to curb eastward fire spread.  These improvements will reduce the chance of fire spread in the future, resulting in more fire resilient landscapes and communities. The west flank of the fire has been kept in check by a system of wetlands and control lines. Mop up efforts remain a challenge as extremely dry fuels are very susceptible to ignition.
SUMMARY: The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has experienced fire in recent history, however the area of the refuge where the fire is burning has not seen fire since 1947. Also, areas up in the mountains have no record of fire.  Natural fire on the landscape benefits the ecosystem and will remove beetle-killed spruce to reduce future large scale fire impacts.
WEATHER:  Mostly cloudy in the morning with potential isolated showers.  Partial clearing in the afternoon.  Temperatures will be in the mid 70’s with light northeasterly winds in the morning, shifting to northerly winds in the afternoon.
AIR QUALITY: Cooper Landing could see smoke in the area in the afternoon and evening.  Sections of Sterling Highway may see light smoke overnight. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu.
SAFETY:  Watch for construction zones and smoke along the Sterling Highway. Helicopters will be very active in the southeast corner of the fire along Sterling highway near Upper Jean Lake.  Please obey the speed limit and do not stop along the highway shoulder in order to protect firefighters, construction crews, and other drivers.  Alaska State Troopers and US Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers are monitoring for visibility impacts due to smoke and fog on Sterling and Seward Highways.  Please use headlights. For current road conditions visit http://511.alaska.gov. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) includes the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and the Sterling Highway corridor. The use of drones in the TFR and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is not permitted.  Pilots can confirm the current TFR restrictions at: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_0573.html .

The current fire map is dated 07/15/19 and may be viewed in the 07/1/19 post below.

Monday, July 15, 2019

07/15/19 Swan Lake Fire Update



The Eastern Area Incident Management Team Type 2 assumed command of the Swan Lake Fire at 8:00 a.m. today.  Minimal fire spread was observed again yesterday with limited interior smoldering and isolated torching.  The east flank of the fire continues to smolder in the Chickaloon River, Thurman Creek, and Mystery Creek drainages with little growth potential in the next 72 hours. Crews are utilizing natural features and existing trails as fire lines to establish control lines to curb eastward fire spread.  These improvements will reduce the chance of fire spread in the future, resulting in more fire resilient landscapes and communities. The west flank of the fire has been kept in check by a system of wetlands and control lines. Mop up efforts remain a challenge as extremely dry fuels are very susceptible to ignition.  Fifty percent of all the fire objectives have been completed at this time.

Yesterday there were scattered showers over the Kenai Peninsula, however the fire area did not receive significant rain fall.  Although we are experiencing lower temperatures and precipitation, fuels remain abnormally dry.



WEATHER:  Today will be mostly cloudy in the morning with isolated showers predicted for the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 70s with breezy northeasterly winds in the morning, shifting to southeasterly in the afternoon.


AIR QUALITY: Light southeast winds will likely push smoke from the fire to the north giving local communities improved air quality.  Cooper Landing and sections of Sterling Highway could see some light smoke impacts overnight. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu.


SAFETY:  Watch for construction zones and smoke along the Sterling Highway. Alaska State Troopers and US Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers are monitoring for visibility impacts due to smoke and fog on Sterling and Seward Highways.  Please use headlights. For current road conditions visit http://511.alaska.gov. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) includes the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and the Sterling Highway corridor. Pilots can confirm the current TFR restrictions at https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_0573.htmlThe use of drones in the TFR and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is not permitted.


FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Open fires and campfires are prohibited on the Kenai Peninsula and in other areas of Alaska. For further information, please contact the appropriate agencies listed below.




CLOSURES: For closure information regarding the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge within the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, go to http://kenai.fws.gov or call 907-262-7021 or 907-260-2820.  There are partial area closures near Resurrection Pass Trail and some facilities, trails, and roads within the Chugach National Forest. For the latest information on closures and fire restrictions please go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/chugach/news-events





07/15/19 KPB Alerts Emergency Notification System Will Be Tested in Cooper Landing Tuesday July 16, 2019 at 1:05 PM

The Borough Office of Emergency Management will be testing the “KPB Alerts” emergency notification system within the unincorporated community of Cooper Landing, Alaska on Tuesday July 16, 2019. The test is being conducted to evaluate the system, and to encourage folks to register their cell phone numbers if they haven’t already done so.
No action is required. This brief test is only being conducted for registered landlines and cell phones with physical addresses located in Cooper Landing. In the event that KPB Alerts must be activated for an actual emergency, the notification will specify the incident and the actions that should be taken.

NOTE:  All landlines within the Borough, including Cooper Landing, are currently registered in the KPB Alerts system. In order to receive an emergency notification on your cell phone you need to complete the registration online at https://alerts.kpb.us/. You can also select to receive text messages or social media alerts when registering. The KPB Alerts notification is scheduled for Tuesday
July 16, 2019 at 1:05 PM.


Individuals that do not receive the test notification by 2:00 PM may email or call the Office of Emergency Management. Please provide the name of your cell phone carrier, your physical address and the registered phone numbers. To provide a technical report or for more information, call 907-262-INFO (4636) or email oem@kpb.us.

Follow KPB Alerts on Facebook and Twitter to also receive emergency updates and information @KPBAlerts.

Media inquiries please call:
Brenda Ahlberg, Public Information Officer

907-231-6505 or bahlberg@kpb.us


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Sunday, July 14, 2019

07/14/19 Swan Lake Fire Update

Fire behavior was minimal yesterday.  The east flank of the fire continues to smolder in the Chickaloon, Thurman, and Mystery creek drainages with minimal growth potential in the next 72 hours. Crews are utilizing existing trails as direct firelines and natural features to establish control lines to check eastward fire spread.  These improvements will reduce the chance of fire spread in the future, resulting in more fire resilient landscapes and communities. The west flank of the fire has been kept in check by a system of marshy areas and control lines. Mop up efforts remain a challenge as extremely dry fuels are very susceptible to ignition.

 
Firefighters are patrolling along the Sterling Highway.  Alaska State troopers and US Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers are monitoring for visibility impacts due to smoke and fog on Sterling and Seward Highways.  Fire progression has been assessed in areas of concern and long term strategic objectives have been met and are assessed daily. Fire resources will also support initial attack efforts as requested by local firefighting units.  Recreation structures to the north and northwest have firefighting personnel and structure protection efforts in place.

 
WEATHER:  Temperatures in the lower 70s will continue through the weekend along with mostly cloudy in the morning with partial clearing during the afternoon and evening. General winds will be east to southeasterly. There is a chance that the fire area will receive some light precipitation on Monday with scattered showers continuing over the mountains on Tuesday. A high pressure system will possibly set up over the Peninsula in the later part of the week.

 
AIR QUALITY: Light southeast winds will likely push smoke from the fire to the north giving local communities improved air quality.  Cooper Landing and sections of Sterling Highway could see come light smoke impacts overnight. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu.

 
SAFETY:  Watch for construction zones and smoke along the Sterling Highway. Law enforcement officers are monitoring smoke conditions for visibility impacts.  Please use headlights. For current road conditions visit http://511.alaska.gov. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) includes the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and the Sterling Highway corridor. Pilots can confirm the current TFR restrictions at http://tfr.faa.gov. The use of drones in the TFR and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is not permitted.

 
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Open fires and campfires are prohibited on the Kenai Peninsula and in other areas of Alaska. For further information, please contact the appropriate agencies listed below.

CLOSURES: For closure information regarding the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge within the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, go to http://kenai.fws.gov or call 907-262-7021 or 907-260-2820.  There are partial area closures near Resurrection Pass Trail and some facilities, trails, and roads within the Chugach National Forest. For the latest information on closures and fire restrictions please go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/chugach/news-events