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Friday, September 20, 2019
9/20/19 - 11:00 Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet & Public Information Map
2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.
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 coolerconditions.
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/.
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.