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East Fork Fire

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East Fork Fire Update 6/24/17
The recent cool and damp weather conditions moderated fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Warm and dry weather has returned to the Peninsula and is... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 23 MIN. AGO

Approximate Location

60.596 latitude, -150.521 longitude

Incident Overview

The North Star crew working to clear the fire break. Photo Credit: Lakota Burwell

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The East Fork Fire was reported on June 15 at 6:25 p.m. and it continues to burn in the Kenai Wildlife Refuge. The lightning-caused fire grew rapidly and was estimated at 100 acres by the time air attack personnel from Palmer arrived. It is burning east of the East Fork of the Moose River, approximately 4 ½ miles northeast of the Sterling Highway.

The fire is in a limited suppression area burning in primarily black spruce with some mixed hardwoods. Given the volatility of black spruce, the fire exhibited extreme fire behavior Thursday night with crowning and 30- to 40-foot flame lengths. Due to the extreme fire behavior and the fire’s proximity to local infrastructure, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the decision to take suppression action on the Southwest portion of the fire. The Alaska Division of Forestry is assisting with the firefighting efforts.

Winds predominately from the south are pushing the fire farther into the refuge, away from roads and populated areas. The Alaska Division of Forestry is coordinating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to manage the fire for ecological benefits in the refuge.

The prevailing winds from the south have and may again push smoke into Anchorage.

In addition to the ground personnel, there are three helicopters assigned to the fire. They are available for bucket drops, crew shuttles and sling loads of supplies.

The public is asked to please steer clear of crews working in the area and be aware of the potential for aircraft using Skilak Lake to scoop water.

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A temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been put in place over the fire and pilots should check with the Federal Aviation Administration before flying in the area. More information on the TFR is available at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html.

For more information, contact Alaska Division of Forestry public information officer Celeste Prescott at 907-244-9376. Information about the fire is also being posted on akfireinfo.com, KPBOEM.blogspot.com and inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5250/.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday June 15th, 2017 approx. 06:30 PM
Location15 miles NE of Soldotna, AK
Incident CommanderJ. Glover

Current Situation

Total Personnel121
Size1,016 Acres
Estimated Containment DateMonday July 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Black Spruce and Hardwoods

Significant Events

Minimal Smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

Monitor fire line in Div K. Finalize hose lay and improvements for future contingencies in Div S and F. Demob of resources continues.

Projected Incident Activity

Resume smoldering and creeping as fuels dry.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Fire experienced much warmer temperatures, lower relative humidity, and partly cloudy skies today.

Unit Information

Kenai-Kodiak Area Forestry
Alaska
Soldotna, AK, 02 99669

Incident Contact

Celeste Prescott
Email: kenaifireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 907-244-9376

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