Acres Burned: 8,876
Cause: Human – Under Investigation
Structures Destroyed: 11
Closures: west end of Skilak Loop Road
Water Tenders: 2
Total personnel: approx. 357
Injuries: 3 (small cut, heat related illness)
Incident Summary: The Card Street fire is in the marshlands and recreation area of Skilak Lake. The fire is established in a full suppression area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and all actions are being taken to keep the fire at the smallest possible acreage. The fire has burned 8,876 acres since it began June 15 and is now 40% contained.
Current Situation: Isolated pockets of heat will continue to be seen in the interior of the fire. Residents are urged to only call 911 if it is an imminent threat to life or property or the fire is growing in intensity. Heat found within 400 feet of any structure will be extinguished. Fire personnel will use hand held infrared devices to detect pockets of heat that can't be detected by the eye; they will marked and extinguished. Crews continue to construct and strengthen firelines around the entire perimeter. A total of 357 personnel are assigned to the incident including 12 fire crews, 5 fire engines and 2 helicopters.
Burn Restrictions: The Alaska Division of Forestry prohibits the use of all open fires and activities which unduly increase the fire danger.
Until further notice all cooking, warming, signaling fires or any type of fire are prohibited on state lands, including state park units, and private and municipal lands within Game Management Units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 16. The term "open fires" refers to any flame source not immediately extinguishable or controllable and applies to any form of wood or charcoal-based fire, even in established fire rings. Gas grills, backpacking or camp stoves using fuel or compressed canisters which can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use. Fireworks are prohibited in the Kenai Borough. More information can be found at www.kpboem.com or http://akfireinfo.com/.
Weather Outlook: Temperatures are expected to top out at 62 degrees, with cloudy skies and scattered showers. Winds will be northeasterly at 3-5 mph in the afternoon.
Closures: The US Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened many campgrounds and trails in the area. Skilak Lake Road remains closed from the west entrance at the Sterling Highway to milepost 9.3 at the Engineer Lake Overlook. Lower Skilak Campground and Boat Launch and Bottenintnin Lake day use area remain closed. The road is open on the east end, to the upper Skilak Lake boat launch. Motorists are encouraged to please be cautious of changing fire conditions and fire personnel in the area. Regular updates can be found on the Refuge Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kenainationalwildliferefuge and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Virtual Joint Information Center at www.kpboem.com. For additional information, please contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge office during regular business hours at (907) 262-7021.
Injuries: There have been three minor injuries; a small cut finger and heat related illnesses.
Cooperating Agencies: Alaska Division of Forestry, Alaska State Troopers, Kenai Peninsula Borough, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.