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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

9/3/19 5:00PM Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Update

News Release

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District outdoor activity and travel restrictions removed!

All restrictions for outdoor activities due to air quality, and activity related travel between Sterling and Cooper Landing on Sterling Highway are removed effective September 3, 2019. 

Cooper Landing School will reopen September 4, 2019, on a normal schedule! 
Thank you to everyone for your patience throughout the past 14 days while these restrictions were in place for student and staff safety.

“The Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 managing the Swan Lake Fire, in coordination with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, has changed the alert levels in Cooper Landing and Sterling which is reflective of the hard work of fire crews and the recent change in weather.  The wetter conditions and cooler temperatures projected through mid-September, support this decision.  
Cooper Landing and Sterling residents should remain aware and prepared however, until a fire-season ending weather transition occurs. Fire managers say several inches of rain across all areas of the Swan Lake Fire are needed before the fire will be identified as “controlled”.   
On the Sterling Highway, traffic will resume normal operations without pilot cars, however, drivers may continue to see them in road construction zones. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as fire-weakened trees, which can fall over, remain a hazard. Motorists should drive with headlights on at all times and be aware of fire personnel and vehicles still in the fire area. Skilak Lake Road remains closed.”


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