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|Burnout Operation Tuesday evening. Right end|
is along the Sterling Highway. Firing Operations
will continue today.
today. Firefighters strengthened containment lines along the southwestern edge of the fire as they worked on mop-up and prepared areas near the East Fork Moose River for burnout operations. Along the northeastern perimeter, firefighters implemented structure protection plans to protect public use cabins and Enstar Natural Gas infrastructure in that part of the refuge.
Motorists can expect traffic delays today as fire operations continue. Flaggers and pilot cars will be moving traffic through a single lane along sections of the highway as fire apparatus will be using one full lane for their operations. As hot and dry conditions increase, firefighters are working hard to coordinate efforts along the Sterling Highway. Aerial resources will continue to support efforts to secure the fire’s edge where fire growth is not desirable. Fire crews are providing 24 hour coverage. A night crew will patrol lines and evaluate smoke issues along the highway.
Residents are encouraged to sign up for KPB Alerts which is a Kenai Peninsula Borough notification system that rapidly conveys information to the community. Residents can text “KPB” to 99411 to receive a link to sign up on their mobile device. More information about fire prevention can be found at Firewise.org, Alaska.gov/fire/firewise or Wildland Fire - Ready Set Go! Program. An interactive fire map, made by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and available for residents, can be found under Current Situational Reports on the KPB emergency blog at www.kpboem.com. Those accessing the map will find the fire perimeter as well as the land ownership parcels in the Sterling area. This makes it possible to see the distance between the fire and residential areas.
For Kenai emergency information, please contact the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management call center at 907-262-INFO (4636) between 8am and 8pm.
WEATHER: Hot and dry conditions will increase today with winds from the northwest and the north by midday. An air quality advisory continues through Friday, June 28.
SAFETY: For current road conditions visit http://511.alaska.gov. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area includes the Sterling Highway corridor to support suppression efforts and firefighter safety. Pilots can confirm the current TFR restrictions at tfr.faa.gov. Be advised that personal drone operations are not permitted on the refuge.
KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE INFORMATION: The Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area is closed to public use, including campgrounds, trails and cabins. Skilak Lake Road, along with Jim’s, Upper and Lower Skilak landings remain open. Contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820 or online at kenai.fws.gov.