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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.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Trout Lake and Juneau Lake Cabin Fly Over September 14, 2019

A video taken during a reconnaissance flight over the Swan Lake Fire. As of 9/20/2019, closures remain in place over the fire area. 
Please check with the Chugach National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/chugac... for current closure status.
Link to closure information as of 9/21/2019:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/…/relate…/pict20190820-171925-0.pdf


Last section of Kenai River to reopen to boaters Saturday 9/21/2019

Last section of Kenai River to reopen to boaters

The last section of the Kenai River closed during the Swan Lake fire will reopen for boating on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The southern channel of the Kenai River between River Mile 69.5 and 71.5 had been closed to support firefighting efforts, but recent rain and suppression efforts will allow this section of river to reopen at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow.

All state and federal boat ramps on the Kenai River and Skilak Lake and Skilak Road are now open. However, no campgrounds or trails within or adjacent to the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area are open.  Although fire danger has decreased over much of the Kenai Peninsula, residents and visitors should remain aware and prepared. For statewide fire information, visit the AICC website at https://fire.ak.blm.gov/ or http://www.akfireinfo.com.

Please direct questions regarding this announcement to: Kenai Area State Parks (907) 262-5581
Chugach National Forest (907) 743-9500  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/chugach/alerts-notice

Twitter: @ChugachForestAK Facebook: @ChugachNF
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (907) 262-7021 Facebook: @KenaiNationalWildlifeRefuge

For a printable version of these maps click here.




9/20/19 - 11:00 Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet & Public Information Map


For Printable Version of Fact Sheet Click Here:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/…/relate…/pict20190820-132654-0.pdf

Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK
Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.
Size:      167,164 acres                                    Containment: 68%              Personnel: 250
Current Status: Yesterday, fire crews worked along the southeastern side of the fire searching for hot spots, mopping up, and repairing suppression lines where appropriate to do so. Firefighters were flown by helicopter to the north side of the fire in order to pack up and back haul hose, pumps, and equipment from earlier infrastructure protection efforts. On the west side of the fire unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) were used to look for hot spots. No heat was found within 500 feet of the fire perimeter in that area. On the east side of the fire crews continued to work their way along the fire perimeter towards Juneau Lake completing fire suppression repair work. The structure protection group continued to backhaul pumps, hoses, tanks, and equipment from Cooper Landing. The day remained dry and partly cloudy which allowed for key air operation missions to be completed. The overall fire behavior remained low due to cooler conditions.
Planned Actions: The repair of fire suppression lines will continue in several locations around the fire. In certain key locations fire crews will continue to patrol, seek out hot spots, and mop up hot spots. These areas have been worked on for numerous days and good progress has been made. The dismantling, packing up, and backhaul of pumps, hose, drop tanks, and equipment from the Cooper Landing area will continue today. Rain showers are expected to remain over the fire area for most of today and into tomorrow morning. The recent precipitation, cool temperatures, and humidity is expected to keep fire behavior and spread potential very low. The deep duff pockets and heavy fuels will continue to smolder and cause visible smoke in places.
Key Message: Residents and visitors need to be aware that hazardous conditions exist in the burned areas that can be difficult to see. Standing trees can weaken and fall as the fire burns the organic duff layer surrounding their roots. Any amount of wind will blow these trees down. The fire has burned very deep in some places, leaving hot ash pits behind. Please remember to keep pets and children close at hand and out of the burned area.

Restrictions/Closures: An area closure remains in effect for the back channel on the south side of the Kenai River from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5. All refuge and national forest lands that have been burned are currently closed to public access. All recreation facilities along the Skilak Road, including campgrounds, trails, and day use areas remain closed. Information on these closures is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The current TFR in place for air space over the Swan Lake Fire (9/9687 NOTAM) will lesson impacts to local aviation operators. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!

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
Public Information Phone: (208) 391-3488
Kenai Peninsula Borough: http://kpboem.com/

Thursday, September 19, 2019

9/19/19 - 9:45 Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet & Public Information Map


Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK

Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.

Size: 167,164 acres Containment: 57% Personnel: 265

ATTENTION: Fire weakened trees have been falling across roads and camping areas in and near the fire area due to winds. Campgrounds are closed due to these safety hazards and drivers on the roads need to watch for falling trees. It is possible that visitors may encounter blocked roads. Crews will clear trees as needed. 

Current Status: High winds caused numerous fire weakened trees to fall across the Skilak Loop Road and the Lower and Upper Skilak Boat Launch roads on Tuesday night. On Wednesday fire crews worked through the day to cut and clear the fallen trees to reestablish access through the roads. On the southern side of the fire and south of the Kenai River, the fire suppression repair work was evaluated and documented. Wind and wet conditions limited the amount of time that firefighters were able to spend along the fire perimeter near the Fuller Lakes Trail but they did work where they could safely do so. The structure protection group continued to pack up and prepare pumps, hoses, tanks, and equipment for backhaul from within the community of Cooper Landing. A weather system moved through the fire area bringing rain overnight Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday morning. Fire behavior remained low due to the rain.

Planned Actions: The repair of fire suppression lines will continue where it is appropriate to do so on the southwest and south sides of the fire. On the southeast side of the fire crews will continue to patrol, seek out hot spots, and mop up those hot spots along the fire perimeter lines near the Fuller Lakes Trail. This area has been worked on for numerous days and good progress is being made. The dismantling, packing up, and backhaul of pumps, hose, drop tanks, and equipment from the Cooper Landing area will continue today as well. Today’s weather is expected to remain dry with some cloud cover keeping temperatures cooler and humidity levels higher. The recent precipitation, cool temperatures, and humidity is expected to keep fire behavior and spread potential very low. The deep duff pockets and heavy fuels will continue to smolder and cause visible smoke.

Key Messages: The READY alert for all areas of Cooper Landing was lifted on September 17. In addition, that portion of the Kenai River from Jim’s Landing to Skilak Lake has reopened. The entire length of the Skilak Lake Road including Jim’s Landing and Upper and Lower Skilak Boat Launches are open. Visitors need to be aware that hazardous conditions exist in the burned areas that can be difficult to see. Standing trees can weaken and fall as the fire burns the organic duff layer surrounding their roots. Any amount of wind will blow these trees down. The fire has burned very deep in some places, leaving hot ash pits behind. Please remember to keep pets and children close at hand and out of the burned area.

Restrictions/Closures: An area closure remains in effect for the back channel on the south side of the Kenai River from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5. All recreation facilities along the Skilak Loop Road, including campgrounds, trails, and day use areas remain closed. Additionally, all refuge and national forest lands that have been burned are closed to public access. Information on these closures is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The current TFR in place for air space over the Swan Lake Fire (9/9687NOTAM) will lesson impacts to local aviation operators. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!

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, National Guard, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Fish and 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
Public Information Phone: (208) 391-3488
Kenai Peninsula Borough: http://kpboem.com/
For a printable version of today's Fact Sheet, go to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/…/relate…/pict20190819-120104-0.pdf
For a printable version on today's Public Information Map. go to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/…/…/2019_09_19-10.28.45.979-CDT.pdf

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

9/18/19 - 4:00 PM - Skyline Trail remains closed due to hazards





The Skyline Trail and connecting trails remain closed due to fire-weakened trees and ash pits that present a significant hazard to recreationalists. Conditions will be re-evaluated for safety, but extensive repair will be needed before reopening the trail. 

Please view this video showing hazards along the trail and visit Inciweb for current information about area closures associated with the Swan Lake Fire.

#SwanLakeFire

9/18/19 - 11:15 AM - Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet

Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK

Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.

Size: 167,164 acres Containment: 48% Personnel: 254

ATTENTION: Fire weakened trees have been falling across roads in and near the fire area due to winds. Drivers on the roads need to watch for falling trees and may experience delays. Crews will clear trees as needed.

Current Status: Fire activity and growth has remained very low over the past several days. Along the Skilak Loop Road the tree cutting and chipping work has been completed while an excavator continues to work on some fire suppression rehabilitation. On the southern side of the fire and south of the Kenai River, firefighters backhauled two-thirds of the hose, pumps, and hardware from areas where the fire perimeter is secured. Fire crews continued to mop up and seek out hot spots along the fire perimeter near the Fuller Lakes Trail. They were able to secure the fire line and tie it into a secure location in higher elevation alder brush. The firefighters in structure protection began packing up and backhauling pumps, hoses, tanks, and equipment which had been set up within the community of Cooper Landing. The weather remained dry for most of the day but a low pressure system moved over the area late in the afternoon bringing rain throughout the night. Fire behavior remained low due to cloud cover and moisture.

Planned Actions: Fire crews will continue to patrol, seek out hot spots, and mop up those hot spots along the fire perimeter lines near the Fuller Lakes Trail, an area that crews have been working on for several days. In several other areas the repair of suppression fire lines will be started or continued where it is appropriate to do so. In locations where pumps and hose need to remain in place those equipment items will be winterized in case colder temperatures arrive. The backhaul of pumps, hose, and equipment from the Cooper Landing area will also continue today. The weather expected over the next several days will include cycles of rain showers, cloudy conditions, cool temperatures, and high humidity. Due to recent and expected precipitation, fire spread potential is expected to remain very low. However, during periods of sun or wind the deep duff pockets and heavy fuels will continue to smolder and cause visible smoke.

Key Messages: The Level 1 READY alert for all areas of Cooper Landing was lifted on September 17. In addition, that portion of the Kenai River from Jim’s Landing to Skilak Lake as well as the entire length of the Skilak Loop Road along with the Upper Skilak Boat Launch is open. Visitors need to be aware that hazardous conditions exist in the burned areas that can be difficult to see. Standing trees can be weakened as the fire burns the organic duff layer surrounding their roots. Any amount of wind will blow these trees down. In addition, the fire has burned very deep in some places, leaving hot ash pits behind. Please remember to keep pets and children close at hand and out of the burned area to prevent injuries.

Restrictions/Closures: An area closure remains in effect for the back channel on the south side of the Kenai River from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5. All recreation facilities along the Skilak Loop Road, including campgrounds, trails, and day use areas remain closed. Additionally, all refuge and national forest lands that have been burned are closed to public access. Information on these closures is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The current TFR in place for air space over the Swan Lake Fire (9/9687 NOTAM) will lesson impacts to local aviation operators. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!

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, National Guard, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Fish and 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
Public Information Phone: (208) 391-3488
Kenai Peninsula Borough: http://kpboem.com/

Click here for a printable copy of today's Fact Sheet.
#SwanLakeFire

9/18/19 - 7:30 AM - Swan Lake Fire Information Map


Today, a weak upper level high pressure ridge will be in place to start the day with sunshine, however it will quickly move out as a low pressure system moves in to the area overnight bringing a cold front and round of rain.

Precipitation will dampen fuels and limit surface fire spread as deep duff continues to smolder.

Click here for a printable copy of this map.

#SwanLakeFire

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

9/17/19 - 8:30 PM - Swan Lake Fire - Cooper Landing Structure Protection Contingency Line


Lincoln Chute, Structure Protection Group Supervisor for the Swan Lake Fire talks about the contingency line near Cooper Landing, Alaska. #SwanLakeFire

9/17/19 – 7:45 PM – Swan Lake Fire Update


Yesterday, two helitack crew members, one bear guard, and an archaeologist flew to the Harry Johnson remote cabin to unwrap the fire protection wrap. The Harry Johnson cabin was built in 1926 by trapper Harry Johnson. There are a few of his cabins still standing on the peninsula, but this one is in fairly good condition.

Thanks to the Kenai Wildlife Refuge who has maintained this cabin and installed protective fire structure wrap. Luckily the fire did not make it here, but crews felled trees that were close to the building to also give it defensible space. #SwanLakeFire

9/17/19 - 10:30 AM - Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet


Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK

Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.

Size: 167,164 acres Containment: 48% Personnel: 259

Current Status: The change in fire size is again due to acreage of previously unburned interior islands, there has been no increase on the perimeter. Fire crews along with heavy equipment finished cutting fire weakened trees and chipping brush along the Skilak Loop Road on the southeastern portion of the fire. The Skilak Loop Road is now open for public use for its entire length and to the Lower and Upper Skilak Boat Launches. All lands, campgrounds, trails, and day use facilities except for the boat launches remain closed due to fire impacts. The southern side of the fire remained unstaffed but monitored from the air. On the southeastern side of the fire two crews of firefighters continued to seek out hot spots and cool those areas along the Fuller Lakes Trail. In Cooper Landing Structure Protection firefighters completed as much of the preparation work in the Russian Gap Road area as they could though limited by wetter conditions. A high pressure ridge moved over the area bringing clear skies and sunshine during the day. Even with drier conditions fire behavior remained low due recent moisture and cooler temperatures.

Planned Actions: Field operations will continue with a focus on monitoring the fire perimeter, beginning suppression repair, and continuing to remove hazards where it is safe to do so. On the south end of the fire, crews will prepare water handling equipment near the Doroshin Cabin to leave in place over the winter. Firefighters on the southeastern side of the fire will return to the Fuller Lakes Trail area to continue working on cooling hot spots in order to secure the fire perimeter. Today’s weather will begin with sunshine but cloud cover will quickly move in as a low pressure system enters the area and brings additional chances of rain. Due to recent and expected precipitation, fire spread potential is expected to remain low; however, deep duff pockets and heavy fuels will continue to smolder and cause visible smoke.

Key Messages: Changes to Evacuation Preparedness Levels and Closures occurred early this morning. The Level 1 READY alert for all areas of Cooper Landing has been lifted as of 12:01 a.m. on September 17. The portion of the Kenai River from Jim’s Landing to Skilak Lake reopened at 12:01 a.m. on September 17 as well. The entire length of the Skilak Loop Road along with the Upper Skilak Boat Launch reopened at the same time to allow for the takeout and launching of boats. All lands, campgrounds, and trails within or adjacent to the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area remain closed due to fire impacts. Visitors need to be aware that hazardous conditions exist in the burned areas that can be difficult to see. Standing trees can be weakened as the fire burns the organic duff layer surrounding their roots. Any amount of wind will blow these trees down. In addition, the fire has burned very deep in some places, leaving hot ash pits behind. Please remember to keep pets and children close at hand and out of the burned area to prevent injuries.

Restrictions/Closures: An area closure remains in effect for the back channel on the south side of the Kenai River from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5. All recreation facilities along the Skilak Loop Road, including campgrounds, trails, and day use areas remain closed. Additionally, all refuge lands that have been burned are closed to public access. Information on these closures is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The current TFR in place for air space over the Swan Lake Fire (9/9687 NOTAM) will lesson impacts to local aviation operators. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!
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, National Guard, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

For a printable copy of the Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet, click here

For a printable copy of the Swan Lake Fire Map, click here 

#SwanLakeFire

9/17/19 - 9:30 AM - Swan Lake Fire Operational Video Update


9/17/19 - 8:30 AM - Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting at Cooper Landing on September 16, 2019



Click here to view the video of Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting on September 16, 2019

Kenai River, Upper Skilak Boat Ramp and Skilak Lake Road to reopen to boaters Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The portion of the Kenai River from Jims Landing to Skilak Lake will be reopened for boating at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Upper Skilak Boat Launch and Skilak Lake Road will also be opened at the same time to allow for take out and launch of boats.

Recent rain has dampened firefighting activity and has allowed crews to remove downed trees from roads within the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area. The only area remaining closed on the Kenai River is the channel on the south side of the river from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5, to support firefighting activity.

No campgrounds or trails within or adjacent to the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area are now open. Boaters may use the parking areas at the Upper and Lower Skilak boat ramps and Jims Landing Boat Ramp. Restrooms at these locations are open as well.

Although fire danger has decreased over much of the Kenai Peninsula, residents and visitors should remain aware and prepared. For statewide fire information, visit the AICC website at https://fire.ak.blm.gov/ or http://www.akfireinfo.com.

River Opening Press Release:

Please direct questions regarding this announcement to: Kenai Area State Parks (907) 262-5581
Chugach National Forest (907) 743-9500
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/chugach/alerts-notices Twitter: @ChugachForestAK Facebook: @ChugachNF
River Closure Mapdlife Refuge (907) 262-7021

For printable versions click below:Kenai River Area Closure Map:

#SwanLakeFire

9/17/19 - 7:30 AM - Swan Lake Fire Information Map


9/17/19 – 7:30 AM – Swan Lake Fire Information Map

The Swan Lake Fire still remains at 165,085 acres and 48% contained. Fire resources have been making great progress and will continue to work on further containment.

It will be mostly sunny today in the morning with increased clouds in the afternoon. There is a possibility of rain in the overnight hours.

Deep duff pockets and heavy fuels will continue to smolder despite precipitation received on the fire.
#SwanLakeFire

For a printable copy of map, click here

Monday, September 16, 2019

9/16/19 3:55 p.m. Cooper Landing Level 1 READY alert removed


As of 12:01 a.m.Tuesday morning September 17, the Level 1 READY alert for all areas of Cooper Landing is removed. The Northern Rockies Team 4 team managing the Swan Lake Fire, in coordination with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, has removed the alert level which is reflective of the hard work of fire crews and the continuing weather pattern of rain and cooler temperatures which supports this decision. 

Cooper Landing residents should remain aware and prepared however, until a fire-season ending weather transition occurs. Fire managers suggest several inches of rain across all areas of the Swan Lake Fire are needed before the fire will be identified as “controlled”. 

Swan Lake Fire information and safety topics will continue to be available on the KPB blog at www.kpboem.com and on Facebook @ KPBalerts. Residents can sign-up for the KPBalerts phone notification system by texting KPB to 99411, and following the prompts to register using your Borough physical address. The Office of Emergency Management continues to staff an information line Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 907-262-4636 (262-INFO).

9/16/2019- 11:00 AM - Swan Lake Fire Operational Video Briefing

#SwanLakeFire  

Swan Lake Fire Operational Briefing from the Northern Rockies Team 4 for 9/16/2019.  

9/16/19 - 11:00 Swan Lake Fire Public Meeting Tonight


Just a reminder that there will be a Swan Lake Fire public meeting tonight, 9/16/19, at the Cooper Landing School at 6:00 pm at 19030 Bean Creek Road, Cooper Landing, AK. Tonight's Swan Lake Fire public meeting will be streamed live on Facebook. It will be available for viewing during and after the meeting.

9/16/19 - 10:30 Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet



#SwanLakeFire
Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK
Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.
Size:      165,085 acres                           Containment: 48%             Personnel: 286
Community Meeting: A Community Meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm today, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at the Cooper Landing School, 19030 Bean Creek Road, Cooper Landing. Fire operations personnel and local agency representatives will be in attendance to provide updates regarding the fire and be available to answer questions following the updates.
Current Status: Along the southwestern side of the fire area firefighters continued to work on some pockets of heat along a dozer line and cutting fire weakened trees near the Lower Skilak Boat Launch road. The south side of the fire was not staffed. On the southeastern side of the fire crews continued to work on hot spots along the fire line near the Fuller Lakes Trail. The Structure Protection crews started working in the Russian Gap Road area where it was dry enough to do so. Afternoon rain slowed work in some of the areas when it became too wet to move equipment and crews around. Fire behavior remained low due to the rain and humidity. The change in fire size was due to acreage of previously unburned interior islands, there has been no increase on the perimeter.
Planned Actions: Field operations will continue with a plan of work similar to the past several days. The south side of the fire will be unstaffed and monitored by air when it is possible to fly. Fire crews will continue to work their way east along the Skilak Road cutting fire weakened trees and chipping brush. On the southeastern side of the fire area firefighters will return to the Fuller Lakes Trail area to continue to work on cooling hot spots. The weather forecast indicates that the rain showers will end in the early morning and a ridge of high pressure will build up with some areas of clearing in the afternoon. Fire behavior and spread potential is expected to remain low throughout the day although the heavy fuels and ground duff layers continue to be dry and are holding heat.
Key Message: When traveling on the reopened section of the Skilak Road to the reopened Lower Skilak area and boat launch, visitors need to be aware that hazardous conditions exist in the burned areas that can be difficult to see. Standing trees can be weakened as the fire burns the organic duff layer surrounding their roots. Any amount of wind will blow these trees down. In addition, the fire has burned very deep in some places, leaving hot ash pits behind. Please remember to keep pets and children close at hand and out of the burned area to prevent injuries.
Restrictions/Closures: An area closure remains in effect for a channel on the south side of the Kenai River from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5. The Kenai River remains closed beyond Jim’s Landing to Skilak Lake. The Lower Skilak campground remains closed. All the lands off the Lower Skilak boat access road, including Marsh Lake Trailhead remain closed. Additionally all refuge lands that have been burned are closed to public access. Information on these closures is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The current TFR in place for air space over the Swan Lake Fire (9/9687 NOTAM) will lesson impacts to local aviation operators. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!

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, National Guard, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.


For a printable version of this fact sheet click here.

9/16/19 - 7:30 - Swan Lake Fire Information Map

Swan Lake Information Map 9/16/19  - 7:30
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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting on 9/16/19 at 6:00pm


Community Meeting: A Community Meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at the Cooper Landing School, 19030 Bean Creek Road, Cooper Landing. Fire operations personnel and local agency representatives will be in attendance to provide updates regarding the fire and be available to answer questions following the updates.

9/15/19 - 10:30 Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet

Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK

Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.

Size: 163,714 acres Containment: 48% Personnel: 305

Community Meeting: A Community Meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at the Cooper Landing School, 19030 Bean Creek Road, Cooper Landing. Fire operations personnel and local agency representatives will be in attendance to provide updates regarding the fire and be available to answer questions following the updates.

Current Status: Fire Crews have made good progress working along the Skilak Road cutting fire weakened trees and chipping brush. The south side of the fire was patrolled by air during the afternoon. Firefighters continued to cool hot spots and mop up along the southeastern side of the fire near the Fuller Lakes Trail where heat has been found over the past few days. The Structure Protection crews finished chipping work along the Bean Creek Road and started working near the Russian Gap and in and around Cooper Landing. The weather was briefly drier and warmer which caused a little more smoke in the air however, fire behavior remained low due to the recent moisture and humidity.

Planned Actions: The south side of the fire will continue to be monitored by aircraft. Firefighters will work along the Skilak Road cutting fire weakened trees and chipping brush. On the southeastern side of the fire crews will return to the Fuller Lakes Trail area where heat has been found over the past few days and continue to work on cooling the hot spots. The weather forecast includes rain starting by late morning over the fire area and cooler temperatures. Fire behavior is expected to remain low during the day although the heavy fuels and ground duff layers continue to hold heat.
Key Message: When traveling on the reopened section of the Skilak Road to the reopened Lower Skilak area and boat launch, visitors need to be aware that hazardous conditions exist in the burned areas that can be difficult to see. Standing trees can be weakened as the fire burns the organic duff layer surrounding their roots. Any amount of wind will blow these trees down. In addition, the fire has burned very deep in some places, leaving hot ash pits behind. Please remember to keep pets and children close at hand and out of the burned area to prevent injuries.

Restrictions/Closures: An area closure remains in effect for a channel on the south side of the Kenai River from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5. The Kenai River remains closed beyond Jim’s Landing to Skilak Lake. The Lower Skilak campground remains closed. All the lands off the Lower Skilak boat access road, including Marsh Lake Trailhead remain closed. Additionally all refuge lands that have been burned are closed to public access. Information on these closures is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The current TFR in place for air space over the Swan Lake Fire (9/9687 NOTAM) will lesson impacts to local aviation operators. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!

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, National Guard, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Click here for a printable version of this Fact Sheet.

9/15/19 - 7:45 - Swan Lake Fire Information Map

Swan Lake Fire Information Map 9/15/19 - 7:45
#SwanLakeFire

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

9/14/19 - 8:00 PM - Swan Lake Fire Overview from Incident Commander Rick Connell

Swan Lake Fire Incident Commander Rick Connell gives an overview of what's been happening with the fire since his Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4 assumed command five days ago. #SwanLakeFire



9/14/19 - 10:30 Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet


Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK      

Size:      163,714 acres Containment: 42% Personnel: 323

Current Status: On the southwest side of the fire crews continued to cut fire weakened trees and chip up brush along the Skilak Road. In addition, rehabilitation and repair work was started along a dozer containment line. The south side of the fire was patrolled and monitored. Over on the southeastern side of the firefighters returned to the fire lines where heat had been found a few days ago near the Fuller Lakes Trail and Trout Lake. The fire crews restarted their efforts to cool down those areas of heat and work on fire line construction. The Structure Protection crews continued to work on improving defensible space in and around Cooper Landing. Rain showers, cloud cover, and higher humidity kept fire behavior low throughout the day.
Planned Actions: Firefighters will continue to work along the southwestern side of the fire cutting fire weakened trees and chipping brush along the Skilak Road. The line on the south side of the fire will be monitored throughout the day but remains unstaffed. Fire crews will return to the areas where heat has been found the past few days and continue to work directly on cooling those spots along the southeastern side of the fire. The weather predicted for tomorrow will be drier than the past couple of days but still cooler with higher humidity. The next round of weather on Sunday could bring another chance of rain and cooler temperatures. Fire behavior is expected to remain low during this time although the heavy fuels and ground duff layers continue to hold heat.
Key Messages: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) area over the fire has been reduced in size. Please review the new TFR (9/9687 NOTAM) if you plan to fly near the fire area and stay clear of the restricted airspace. When traveling on the reopened section of the Skilak Road to the reopened Lower Skilak area and boat launch, visitors need to be aware that hazardous conditions exist in the burned areas that can be difficult to see. Standing trees can be weakened as the fire burns the organic duff layer surrounding their roots. Any amount of wind will blow these trees down. In addition, the fire has burned very deep in some places, leaving hot ash pits behind. Please remember to keep pets and children close at hand and out of the burned area to prevent injuries.

Restrictions: An area closure remains in effect for a channel on the south side of the Kenai River from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5. The Kenai River remains closed beyond Jim’s Landing to Skilak Lake. The Lower Skilak campground remains closed. All the lands off the Lower Skilak boat access road, including Marsh Lake Trailhead remain closed. Additionally all refuge lands that have been burned are closed to public access. Information on these closures is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The TFR in place for air space over the Swan Lake Fire has been adjusted as of 9/14/2019 (9/9687 NOTAM) and will lesson impacts to local aviation operators. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!

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, National Guard, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

9/14/19 - 10:00 AM - Swan Lake Fire Operational Video Briefing

Swan Lake Fire Operational Briefing from the Northern Rockies Team 4 for 9/14/2019.  #SwanLakeFire

9/14/19 - 7:15 - Swan Lake Fire Information Map

A transitory upper level ridge of high pressure will build over the fire on Saturday bringing some dry weather, north winds, and more sunshine. Humidity will remain moderate but drier than the last few days. Skies will slowly clear towards evening.

Some smoke can be expected in the fire area as heavy fuels and deep duff in the interior continue to smolder with the higher humidity and cloud cover. #SwanLakeFire

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Friday, September 13, 2019

9/13/19 - 7:45 - Swan Lake Fire hazard mitigation video

Swan Lake Fire Division Supervisor Lincoln Chute discusses fuel mitigation efforts underway to protect structures around Cooper Landing in this video. Removing ladder fuels greatly reduces the risk of fire burning on the ground from rising vertically into the trees. Once a fire is in trees it burns with much more intensity and a greater rate of spread creating a much more hazardous situation. Less intense fire behavior is much easier to contain and control, resulting fewer structures destroyed and a safer environment for firefighters to work.

9/13/19 - 10:15 AM - Swan Lake Fire Operational Video Briefing

Swan Lake Fire Operational Briefing from the Northern Rockies Team 4 for 9/13/2019.  #SwanLakeFire

09/13/19 - 9:54 a.m. - Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet

Swan Lake Fire Progression Mao - September 13, 2019


Size:      163,714 acres                           Containment: 42%                   Personnel: 374
Current Status: At the beginning of the day fire crews started working in the same areas as previous days on the southwestern and southeastern sides of the fire. By mid-morning the winds started to increase and began to blow down fire weakened trees along and near the fire lines. Field level fire supervisors and crew supervisors made the decision to pull the firefighters back from the lines for their safety. The crews took this opportunity to refurbish their gear and equipment. Heavy use of chainsaws, pumps, and hoses on the fire line can wear down equipment over time. It is helpful to conduct regular maintenance and chain sharpening on tools and equipment. In Cooper Landing structure protection crews continued to demonstrate fire wise work and improving defensible space. Fire behavior continued to be subdued with some rain showers, cloud cover, and high humidity.
Planned Actions: If wind speeds allow and it is safe to do so fire crews will return to the line. High winds pose a risk to firefighters working around fire weakened trees and steep slopes. Crews on the southeast side of the fire will return to the fire lines where heat has been found in recent days and continue to check any fire spread and cool hot spots. Firefighters will continue to work along the southwestern side of the fire cutting fire weakened trees and chipping brush along the Skilak Road. Existing lines on the south side of the fire will continue to be patrolled by firefighters. The weather system predicted yesterday was moving faster than predicted and not producing as much rain due to the alignment of clouds moving along the mountains and not up and over the mountains. Fire behavior is expected to remain low during this time although the heavy fuels and ground duff layers will continue to hold heat.
Key Message: When traveling on that part of the Skilak Road which was recently reopened to the boat launch, visitors need to be aware that hazardous conditions exist in the burned areas that can be difficult to see. Standing trees can be weakened as the fire burns the organic duff layer surrounding their roots. Any amount of wind will blow these trees down. In addition, the fire has burned very deep in some places, leaving ash pits behind. Please remember to keep pets and children close at hand and out of the burned area to prevent injuries.

Restrictions: An area closure remains in effect for a channel on the south side of the Kenai River from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5. The Kenai River remains closed beyond Jim’s Landing to Skilak Lake. The Lower Skilak campground and day use facility remains closed. All the lands off the Lower Skilak boat access road, including Marsh Lake and day use facilities remain closed. Additionally all refuge lands that have been burned are closed to public access. Information on these closures is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The current TFR in place for air space over the Swan Lake Fire (9/2925 NOTAM) will lesson impacts to local aviation operators. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!

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, National Guard, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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