UPDATE 2 – June 28, 2019 – Friday
INCIDENT SUMMARY. A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be burning inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This was a lightning caused fire that began on June 5th around 1852 hours AKDT. About 56,200 acres have been destroyed but fire crews are inching closer to a higher containment, now said to be 10%.
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FIRE STATUS. Fire behavior is currently actively burning with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting. Structures are still under threat.
RESOURCES. 530 total personnel along with 15 crews, 12 engines and 6 helicopters. Command is under the direction of an AK IMT.
Incident Cooperators: Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Air Resources: Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.
FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.
DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS. The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure. Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.
Cost-to-Date: There has been a total cost-to-date of $4.5 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.
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