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Swan Lake

Unit Information

Kenai-Kodiak Area
42499 Sterling Highway
Soldotna, AK 99669

Incident Contact

Sam Harrel
Phone: 208-391-3488

Highlighted Activity

06/17/2019 06/17/19 Swan Lake Fire Update: Reconnaissance Flight Confirms Work
As expected, the cloudy day yesterday allowed firefighters on the 12,782 acre Swan Lake Fire to make good progress. The southwestern firelines nearest the community of Sterling were further...
News - 06/17/2019
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Lightning-caused fire within the USFW Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. It is a limited suppression fire approximately 5.5 miles east of the community of Sterling. Fire is mainly buring interior pockets of fuel. Fuel types include black spruce and grass; black spruce is the primary carrier of the fire. Minimal fire activity has been observed in hardwood fuel types. Hardwood stands and wet areas are checking fire spread. There is approximately 40%-50% mortality in white spruce stands.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday June 05th, 2019 approx. 06:52 PM
Location~6 miles northeast of Sterling, AK
Incident CommanderAdam Kohley, Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, ITC3
Coordinates60.631 latitude, -150.438 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel118
Size12,782 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSaturday August 31st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory), short grass (1 foot)

Significant Events



Planned Actions

A Type 1 hand crew will continue to reinforce and defend primary indirect line on the west of the fire. Establish Type 2 crews will be inserted on the southern portion of the fire, working to secure the southern most finger. Crews will continue firing operations, in needed, to defend indirect lines. Type 1 helicopters will support efforts to secure the southern and western edge of the fire. Provide points protection for any threatened values at risk. Continued dissemination of fire information with stakeholders and public. Ensure smooth and informative transition to Type 2 IMT. Incoming team will shadow current Type 3 IMT on 06/17/19; plans to transfer command on 06/18/19.

Projected Incident Activity

06/17/19 is forecast for cloudy with a chance of showers which will continue to moderate fire spread potential.


Possible continued use of aerial supervision and tankers in support of operations.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Southcentral Alaska is now entrenched in a pattern which is keeping the region in moist air and easterly flow aloft. The easterly flow aloft will also allow some upper level disturbances (easterly waves) to bring periods of rainfall to the area through the first half of the week.