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Sunday, August 25, 2019

8//25/19 6:23 p.m. Sterling Highway Update- Traffic stopped at mile 57

Traffic is currently stopped at MP 57 due to an increase in fire activity. It is unknown at this time how long the delay will last.

Travel is not recommended on the Sterling Highway related to the continuing level of fire activity between MP 53-71. Expect significant delays.

8/25/19 5:05 pm Kenai Peninsula Borough Transportation Plan

Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management Director Dan Nelson explains in detail the new transportation plan for the Swan Lake Fire.  The plan was designed to help local traffic get home and avoid long lines of cars,  as well as deal with traffic during evacuations (if they happen).


08/25/19 4:43pm Community Meeting for Swan Lake Fire in Sterling

08/25/19 4:41 pm
A reminder, the Swan Lake Fire is having a community meeting at 6 pm tonight at the Sterling Community Center (35085 Sterling Highway). Members of the incident management team will present an informational update about the fire and will be on hand after to answer questions. The meeting will be broadcast on here on KPB Alerts on Facebook Live.

For a PDF of this flyer to email, print or post: click here 

08/25/19 4:23pm The Sterling Highway is OPEN.

The Sterling Highway is OPEN.
The Sterling Highway is reopen with the use of pilot cars leading one lane of traffic through the Swan Lake Fire area at a time. There active fire along the roadway. Expect smoke, active fire, and fire operations are ongoing.

If you must travel on the highway, please be prepared with water and food. When traffic begins to move once again, please be courteous, drive with headlights on, do not block private driveways, and watch for fire equipment.

Please remember, with the number of vehicles accumulated during the traffic delay, it may take some time for the number of vehicles to dissipate.

8/25/19 4:00 PM Sterling Highway Update - NOT OPEN YET

The Swan Lake Fire is active near the Sterling Highway with aerial resources performing fire suppression efforts. Due to safety, the traffic will remain stopped from MP 53 to 71.

It is anticipated that fire operations will reevaluate the traffic delay in about 30 minutes. Check back for updates.

If you must travel on the highway, please be prepared with water and food. When traffic begins to move once again, please be courteous, drive with headlights on, do not block private driveways, and watch for fire equipment.  Please remember, with the number of vehicles accumulated during the traffic delay, it may take some time for the number of vehicles to dissipate.