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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.

Monday, November 4, 2019

11/04/19 Swan Lake Fire Story Map

The Swan Lake Fire was reported at 6:52 p.m. on June 5, 2019. The initial report placed this lightning-caused fire approximately eight miles northeast of the community of Sterling, Alaska. More than 3,000 firefighters and support personnel were assigned to the Swan Lake Fire over the course of nearly 150 days. The 2019 Swan Lake Fire Story Map is a comprehensive look at the conditions that led up to the fire, the values that were at risk, the decisions that were made to protect life and property, and what follows after this season-long event on the Kenai Peninsula.

This story map was created through a collaborative effort of interagency partners, and developed by resources assigned to the Swan Lake Fire. This story map is best viewed on a desktop computer using Google Chrome. If viewing on a smartphone or tablet, follow the on-screen instructions to navigate through the story map.

View the Swan Lake Fire StoryMap here: https://arcg.is/0XaaT1


Monday, October 14, 2019

10/14/19 FIREWISE Cooper Landing AK and The Swan Lake Fire



Is your property Firewise? Have you created a minimum 30-foot defensible space to protect your home for the wildland fire season? During the Swan Lake Fire 2019, firefighters did a lot of work in a short period of time to remove hazardous fuels in Cooper Landing. Homeowners that completed Firewise measures last year needed little to no assistance. Properties that were already Firewise helped fire crews' efforts to meet structure protection objectives in other areas of the community. Learn how these determined residents completed Firewise measures around their homes before the wildfire season in #CooperLanding #KenaiPeninsulaBorough #Alaska

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

10/08/2019 U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Disaster Assistance to AK Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Swan Lake Fire

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Swan Lake Fire that began June 5, 2019. The deadline to apply for economic injury is July 8, 2020.  Download the full announcement at https://tinyurl.com/SBA-AK16148.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Chugach REAA, Iditarod Area REAA, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kodiak Island Borough, Lake and Peninsula Borough, Matanuska-Susitna Borough; and the Municipality of Anchorage.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

The Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center located at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 12, Soldotna, AK  99669 is offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses may contact Center Director Cliff Cochran by emailing cliff.cochran@aksbdc.org or calling (907) 260-5643 to schedule an appointment.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is July 8, 2020.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has lifted most of the area closure except for those areas burned in the Swan Lake Fire.


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service



The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has lifted most of the area closure except for those areas burned in the Swan Lake Fire.


Great news for outdoor enthusiasts as we enter the first week of October and the fire management returns to the local Division of Forestry. 

As of today, the Kenai NWR is opening Vista Trail, Doroshin Bay Cabin, Hidden Lake and Hidden Lake Campground and East Fork Moose River in addition to what we previously opened. The closure area is also being reduced to the fire perimeter. Skilak Lake Road, Upper and Lower Skilak Roads and the Kenai River remain open for access through the closed area. Trapper Joe Cabin and Big Indian Cabin remain closed just because we cannot provide access via Mystery Creek Road. Upper and Lower Skilak Campgrounds remain closed even though they are outside the burn perimeter until we can remove the beetle killed trees in these two areas. We expect to open these campgrounds by mid-October. Marsh Lake Trail remains closed because it crosses into the burn area.










Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Final Video Update from the Swan Lake Fire, October 1, 2019



Swan Lake Fire to Transition to local Kenai Kodiak Forestry Office 

Effective the morning of Wednesday, October 2, 2019



The #SwanLakeFire will transition to the local Kenai Kodiak Office tomorrow (Oct. 2, 2019) morning. This video covers the final messages from Zane Brown, Type 3 Team Incident Commander, Dan Osborn, Operations Section Chief, and Darren Finely, Plans Chief and Prevention Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry. They give an update of what the Alaska Type 3 team has achieved since they have had control over the fire. They also go over the transition to the local Kenai Kodiak Forestry Office to continue with any suppression or repair needs that need to be conducted in the future.
There are still areas that are unsafe for people to be in. The area will maintain its current closures throughout the winter until deemed safe to return. That information will be released by the appropriate agency when that decision has been made. Please be safe traveling in the area.
Thank you to all the cooperating agencies: US Fish and Wildlife Service, State of Alaska Division of Forestry, US Forest Service, Alaska State Parks, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Central Emergency Services, Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire Department, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Fish & Game.
For any further information moving forward please contact:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/
Email: tim.mowry@alaska.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kpbalerts/
Alaska Fire Info: https://akfireinfo.com
Public Information Phone: (907) 356 -5511
Kenai Peninsula Borough: http://kpboem.com/
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge:https://www.fws.gov/refuge/kenai/
Final Video Update Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FUguzuhEHE

Monday, September 30, 2019

Sept 30th 2:00 PM – FINAL Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet and Public Information Map

Swan Lake Fire
Final Update
September 30, 2019  

Firefighters working on the 167,164 acre Swan Lake Fire have completed the majority of suppression repair work including chipping brush piles and repairing containment lines built by dozers and crews. The Swan Lake Fire remains 90% percent contained and smoke may be visible from within the interior of the fire perimeter until there is significant precipitation. The estimated containment date has been advanced to December 31, 2019 due to the deep pockets of duff and heavy fuels that will continue to smolder and produce visible smoke in some locations for several weeks and possibly months.

Access routes to reopened facilities on the Kenai NWR pass through areas burned by the Swan Lake Fire, and some of these facilities lie immediately adjacent to burned habitats. Hazards within the burn include fire-weakened standing trees which can fall without warning and deep ash pits holding residual heat capable of causing severe burns. All lands burned by the fire within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge remain closed, and the public is urged to exercise caution in these areas.

Both the USDA Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service both deployed Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Teams to assess the potential post-wildfire hazards. Following a fire, the first priority is emergency stabilization in order to prevent further damage to life, property or natural resources on public lands. Rehabilitation focuses on the lands unlikely to recover naturally from wildland fire damage. Implementation of the assessments will begin this week.

Restrictions/Closures: An area closure remains in effect for all refuge and national forest lands that have been burned. Skilak Lake Road is open to provide access to Lower Skilak, Upper Skilak, and Jim’s Landing boat launches and Bottenintnin Lake. Some recreation facilities in this area including campgrounds, trails, and day-use areas remain closed. Conditions will be re-evaluated for safety, but extensive repair may be needed before reopening trails. Contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge visitor center by calling 907-260-2820 or visiting https://www.fws.gov/refuge/kenai/ for more information.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The TFR for the Swan Lake Fire (9/9687 NOTAM) was lifted at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Cooperating Agencies: US Fish and Wildlife Service, State of Alaska Division of Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Alaska State Parks, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Central Emergency Services, Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire Department, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Fish & Game.

This will be the last update for the Swan Lake Fire unless significant activity occurs. Additional information can be found on the links listed below or call Alaska Division of Forestry, Public Information Officer Tim Mowry at (907)-356 -5511.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/                      Email: tim.mowry@alaska.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kpbalerts/            Alaska Fire Info: https://akfireinfo.com
Public Information Phone: (907) 356 -5511                        Kenai Peninsula Borough: http://kpboem.com/



Friday, September 27, 2019

Sept 27-29th 2:00 PM – Three Day Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet and Public Information Map

#SwanLakeFire
Sept 27-29th 2:00 PM – Three Day Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet and Public Information Map


Incident Command: Alaska Type 3 Organization, Zane Brown Incident Commander
Size: 167,164 acres                         Containment: 90%                Personnel: 103

Due to little change in the activity of the fire, this update will reflect multiple days as well as the management plan throughout the weekend. Fire managers feel confident in the work being done around the fire perimeter. Fire crews continue making progress with their repair work on the eastern area of the fire near Resurrection trail. Due to firefighters being flown in to that area verifying that it was void of heat, confirmed the decision to increase containment. Assessment of the fire affected areas continue to provide benefit for the work that is being conducted. With the wind that tested the fires containment lines in previous days, there is little concern for the predicted wind event this weekend to have an impact. There is a scheduled infrared flight for tonight, weather permitting, that can give the team a better idea of where any isolated pockets of heat are to focus on if necessary. The fires Operations Chief and Incident Commander will also conduct a fly over via helicopter for visual observation of the progression of work.

Weekend Weather: Isolated and scattered showers throughout the weekend. Expect cooler temperatures and some fog inversions in the early mornings. There is a possibility of some gusty wind that will come through the fire area on Sunday.

Restrictions/Closures: An area closure remains in effect for all refuge and national forest lands that have been burned. Skilak Lake Road is open to provide access to Lower Skilak, Upper Skilak, and Jim’s Landing boat launches and Bottenintnin Lake. All other recreation facilities in this area including campgrounds, trails, and day-use areas remain closed. Contact the Refuge Visitor Center by calling 907-260-2820 or by clicking www.kenai.fws.gov. Information on these closures is available https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6387/


Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The current TFR that is in place for air space over part of the Swan Lake Fire (9/9687 NOTAM) will be lifted as of 2100 hours on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Homer Electric Association Project: The Homer Electric Association(HEA) completed their project yesterday within their expected timeframe and the removal of the lines was completed without incident.


Cooperating Agencies: US Fish and Wildlife Service, State of Alaska Division of Forestry, US Forest Service, Alaska State Parks, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Central Emergency Services, Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire Department, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Fish & Game.





Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/
Email: 2019.swanlake@firenet.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kpbalerts/
Alaska Fire Info: https://akfireinfo.com/
Information Phone: (208) 391-3488
Kenai Peninsula Borough: http://kpboem.com/
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJdI8VQn8aNISLgUd0ATmzw