The Swan Lake Fire has burned 101,177 acres, but appears to be winding down. There was no forward movement in the fire on the Kenai Peninsula on Saturday. Firefighters made progress toward their suppression goals, and began mopping-up operations, while continuing the extinguishing of hot spots in the Upper Jean Lake area, according to the incident command center.
Crews began removing excess supplies and equipment from the fireline and heavy equipment is being used to remediate some of the bulldozed fire breaks that were made to stop the fire’s progress. The goal is to cover the bare areas with brush to prevent future erosion.
Today, crews are focusing on extinguishing hot spots within 300 feet of the burn’s borders . Hoses, pumps, trash, and equipment are being hauled off while aircraft continues to monitor the fire for hot spots. Minimal fire growth is expected.
Travelers on the Sterling Highway will still see smoke. For smoke forecasts, visit UAFSMOKE.
The Temporary Flight Restrictions include the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and the Sterling Highway corridor. The use of drones in the TFR and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are not permitted.
Watch firefighters create a firebreak at the Swan Lake Fire at this video: