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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


Saturday, July 13, 2019

07/13/19 Swan Lake Fire Update

Fire behavior remained moderate with little change.  Minimal fire spread was observed along with limited interior smoldering. Visibility continues to improve with reduced fire behavior.  Fire progression has been assessed in areas of concern and long term strategic objectives continue to be evaluated and developed. Support of initial attack efforts continue as requested by local units.

The south and west perimeter areas of the fire remained calm during the afternoon burning period where extensive control lines have been established.  Contingency lines are being constructed to halt fire spread towards Cooper Landing and other values.  Crews are utilizing existing trail and natural features establishing control lines to mitigate eastward fire spread. Along the East Fork Moose River, crews continue mop-up to increase perimeter security.  Sites to the north and northwest have firefighting personnel and structure protection efforts in place. These improvements will reduce the chance of fire spread in the future, resulting in more fire resilient landscapes and communities.

Firefighters continue to patrol 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.  The Homer Electric transmission line running along Sterling Highway was re-energized Friday.

WEATHER: The marine influence will keep temperatures and humidity moderate. Temperatures in the lower 70s will continue through the weekend. Saturday, skies will continue to be mostly cloudy in the morning clearing to mostly sunny during the afternoon and evening. General winds will be west to southwesterly with northwest winds along the eastern portions of the fire. There is a chance that the fire area will receive some light precipitation on Monday.

AIR QUALITY: Smoke settling in valleys during late morning through early afternoon. Smoke is hanging longest in eastern valleys. Real-time air quality readings are available 24-hours a day at http://tools.airfire.org . Click on the Monitoring PM2.5 tab to find readings. 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. The latest updates can be found at www.KPBoem.com. See below for other sources of information.

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.



Friday, July 12, 2019

07/12/19 Swan Lake Fire Update



Control lines to the south and west continue to hold.  There has been no growth of the fire to the north, south, and west with minimal growth to the east along drainages.  Ahead of the fire, firefighters continue to thin brush and understory vegetation along the Skyline Trail and Fuller Lakes Trail.  The purpose of this effort is to reduce the chance of the fire spreading east along the highway corridor.  Crews are utilizing existing trails and natural features to establish control lines to check eastward fire spread toward Cooper Landing.  In addition, crews are clearing vegetation in and around public use cabins near Resurrection Pass Trail.  These improvements will reduce the chance of fire spread in the future, resulting in more fire resilient landscapes and communities.
WEATHER:  Areas of low clouds and patchy fog in the morning will give way to mostly sunny skies in the afternoon or evening.  It will be partly cloudy to mostly sunny in the afternoon.  Highs in the lower 70s expected with lows in the upper 40s.  Winds will be light, 4-8 mph, throughout the day and into the night.  There is very little chance of rain expected today.
AIR QUALITY: Smoke settling in valleys during late morning through early afternoon.  Smoke hanging longest in eastern valley.  Real-time air quality readings are available 24-hours a day at http://tools.airfire.org .  Click on the Monitoring PM2.5 tab to find readings.  For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu.
SAFETY: Along the Sterling Highway watch for construction zones and smoke on the roadway. Alaska state troopers and local US Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officers continue to patrol the Sterling highway corridor.  Law enforcement officers are monitoring smoke conditions and delaying traffic as needed.  Dip-netting season is now underway significantly increasing traffic.  Please use headlights and caution, especially during the overnight hours. For current road conditions visit http://511.alaska.gov. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has expanded to include the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and still includes 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:
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: http://kenai.fws.gov 907-262-7021 or 907-260-2820
Chugach National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/chugach  907-288-3178
Alaska Division of Forestry: www.akfireinfo.com  www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry/
907-356-5511
Alaska Division of State Parks: www.dnr.alaska.gov  907-262-5581
Kenai Peninsula Borough: www.kpboem.blogspot.com  907-262-4636
Kenai Fjords National Park: https://www.nps.gov/kefj/index.htm  907-422-0500
CLOSURES: There are partial area closures near Resurrection Pass Trail and some facilities, trails, and roads within Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area.  For the latest information on closures and fire restrictions please go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/chugach/news-events. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

07/11/19 If You Fly, We Can’t...



07/11/19 Swan Lake Fire Update

Today’s mapping shows the completed control line on the southwest corner of the fire along the East Fork of the Moose River.  The containment line is now connected from Sterling Highway to the wetland areas (muskeg) along the south and west side of the fire.  This is significant because it keeps the fire from moving further west toward Sterling.  The control line in this area is now complete and will remain for years to come.  In addition, the total containment of the fire is 24%.
Ahead of the fire, firefighters continue to thin brush and understory vegetation along the Skyline Trail and Fuller Lakes Trail on the east side of the fire perimeter near Cooper Landing.  The purpose of this effort is to reduce the chance of the fire spreading east along the highway corridor.  In addition, crews are clearing vegetation in and around public use cabins near Resurrection Pass Trail.  These improvements will reduce the chance of fire spread in the future, resulting in more fire resilient landscapes and communities.
Fire personnel will be working in and around the Cooper Landing area assessing properties for structure and property protection actions if needed.  This is an excellent opportunity for residents to learn about creating defensible space to make their properties more fire resistant.
WEATHER: A marine layer brought in patchy morning clouds and will burn off from east to west through the morning.  It will be partly cloudy to mostly sunny in the afternoon.  Highs in the lower 70s expected with lows in the mid-40s.  Winds will be light, 4-8 mph, throughout the day and into the night.  There is very little chance of rain expected today.
AIR QUALITY: The change in wind direction has provided some relief to areas impacted by smoke. Real-time air quality readings are available 24-hours a day at http://tools.airfire.org . Click on the Monitoring PM2.5 tab to find readings. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu.
SAFETY: Along the Sterling Highway watch for construction zones, and smoke on the roadway. Dip-netting season is now underway significantly increasing traffic.  Please use headlights and caution, especially during the overnight hours. For current road conditions visit http://511.alaska.gov. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has expanded to include the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and still includes the Sterling Highway corridor. Pilots can confirm the current TFR restrictions at http://tfr.faa.gov. Personal drone operation is not permitted on the refuge.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Open fires are prohibited on Kenai Peninsula State Park, Kenai NWR, Chugach NF, and Kenai Fjords NP.  For the latest updates please contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820 or go to http://kenai.fws.gov.  In addition, Alaska Division of Forestry has prohibited campfires on Kenai Peninsula Burrough and other regions of Alaska.  Please contact the Alaska Division Forestry at 907-356-5511 for further information
CLOSURES: A partial area closure has been instituted in the area of the Resurrection Pass Trail. For the latest information on closures and fire restrictions please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/chugach/news-events.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

07/10/19 Swan Lake Fire - Cooper Landing Community Meeting Video

The Northwest 13 Incident Management Team held an informative meeting about the Swan Lake Fire tonight in Cooper Landing. You can view the video link below on Facebook @Alaska DNR- Division of Forestry (DOF):

07/09/19 Ready Set Go! What Does Preparedness Mean for Area Residents and Visitors?

Evacuations are initiated for various emergency situations in Alaska. During a wildland fire response evacuation planning may be initiated as a precautionary measure. The Swan Lake Fire Incident Management Team, Agency Administrators and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management (OEM) personnel are working together to implement a "Ready Set Go!" plan for the Cooper Landing area. How can you do your part? When notifications are released, residents and visitors are asked to actively participate at each level for their individual safety and for the safety of the first responders and wildland firefighters.


LEVEL 1: “BE READY” for a potential evacuation. Get your evacuation supplies together.
Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with mobility concerns, pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you through the emergency notification system “KPBalerts.” Residents and visitors should always practice a “Be Ready” state of preparedness regardless of conditions. Creating defensible space around your property is an effective way "Be Ready." Click HERE for Firewise Alaska information.
LEVEL 2: "BE SET" to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice.
This level indicates there is significant danger to your area. At “Be Set” residents have two options: (1) Don’t wait! Voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area; or (2) Be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents will NOT have time
Photo credit: KTUU Channel 2 television station
to gather necessary items if not already completed during the 
Level 1: “Be Ready.” THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates. If available, Community Emergency Response Team volunteers (CERT) in green vests may conduct door-to-door notifications with local law enforcement officers.
LEVEL 3: "GO" EVACUATE NOW! LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!
Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe. Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates. These stations and the blog www.kpboem.com will actively notify residents when it is safe to re-enter the evacuated area.
To build a seven day emergency kit, create a family plan or for more information on wildland fire preparedness before, during and after an evacuation, visit the Kenai Peninsula Borough OEM webpage at https://www.kpb.us/emergency-mgmt/disaster/fire.

Click HERE for a printable version of the KPB 2019 Wildland Fire Evacuation Guide.

07/10/19 Cooper Landing Community Meeting Today at 6:00 PM


07/10/19 Swan Lake Fire Update


Temperatures dropped and relative humidity rose on Tuesday, resulting in a quieter day on the Swan Lake Fire. The hot, dry air that had been parked over the Kenai Peninsula was replaced by marine air moving in from the southwest. Grasses, lichens, and other fine fuels quickly absorbed moisture from the more humid air, making them less flammable and slowing fire spread. Larger fuels will need longer spells of high humidity before they become more resistant to fire.
While the fire is burning less intensely, it is still active. Fire spread has abated as more of the vegetation along the fire perimeter is hardwoods, tundra, and alpine vegetation, which are much less flammable than black spruce.
Areas within the fire perimeter are burning at varying intensities, with some areas nearly cleared of fuels and other patches unburned. This mosaic of burned areas greatly reduces the likelihood of future large scale, high-intensity fires. As the fire is cleaning up accumulated fuels, it is creating a more fire resilient landscape, resulting in more fire resilient communities
Firefighters continue to work on extinguishing residual hot spots along the south and west edges. In other areas, firefighters are taking advantage of reduced fire activity to complete fuels reduction work. This includes using existing features on the landscape, including trails, to create fuel breaks to slow or stop fire spread if it reaches these areas. Firefighters have thinned brush and other understory vegetation along the Skyline Trail and will be working along the Resurrection Pass Trail.
There will be a public meeting today at 6 p.m. at the Cooper Landing Elementary School.
WEATHER: The marine influence improved the air quality in Cooper Landing and other communities to the southeast of Swan Lake Fire. The southwest winds are not strong enough to override the normal diurnal winds that tend to be up slope during much of the day, then downslope at night. The result is improved air quality during the day, with smoke settling into some valleys at night. Tuesday’s air quality in Cooper Landing was rated at Moderate. Today’s weather is expected to be slightly cooler and more humid than yesterday’s. There is a chance of isolated thunderstorms over the Kenai Mountains. The marine influence is expected to continue through the weekend.
AIR QUALITY: The change in wind direction has provided some relief to areas impacted by smoke. Real-time air quality readings are available 24-hours a day at http://tools.airfire.org . Click on the Monitoring PM2.5 tab to find readings. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu.
SAFETY: Along the Sterling Highway, watch for personnel, construction zones, and smoke on the roadway. Please use headlights and caution, especially during the overnight hours. For current road conditions visit http://511.alaska.gov. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has expanded to include the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and still includes the Sterling Highway corridor. Pilots can confirm the current TFR restrictions at http://tfr.faa.gov. Personal drone operation is not permitted on the refuge.
KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE: Some Skilak Lake recreation facilities have reopened, others remain closed. For the latest updates please contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820 or go to http://kenai.fws.gov.
CHUGACH NATIONAL FOREST: A partial closure has been instituted on the Resurrection Pass Trail. Fire restriction are in effect on the Chugach National Forest. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or some stoves, including charcoal fires, are prohibited. For the latest information on closures and fire restrictions please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/chugach/news-events.