Final update for the Swan Lake Fire released

Swan Lake Fire from Kenai River (Courtesy Andy Shields)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Eastern Area IMT released its final update on the Swan Lake Fire after crews completed operations.

  • Fire Size: Approx. 102,229 acres

  • Containment 80%

  • Personnel Assigned: 113

  • Fire Start: June 5, 2019

  • Fire Cause: Lightning

  • Final operations brief:

    DOF says as the workload for the Swan Lake Fire nears completion, the Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transition to a local Alaska IMT Wednesday, July 31.

    Right now, no increase in fire activity is expected for the Swan Lake Fire. Crews have completed the majority of suppression repair work including chipping brush piles and repairing containment lines built by dozers and crews. This work should be completed within the next few days.

    DOF also says the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been lifted as of 11:00 p.m. Monday, July 29.

    Since its spark over a month ago, the Swan Lake Fire caused a handful of issues from smoke moving into Anchorage and surrounding areas, to fire officials having issues with drones and float planes not obeying flight restrictions.

    As more than two inches of rain has saturated the forest floor, DOF says crews will continue to monitor the fire as its “expected to smolder for the foreseeable future."

    Acreage has not increased since July 22. The fire will be monitored by air until fire managers are certain it poses no danger to values at risk, such as cabins, infrastructure, the Sterling Highway, and other improvements.

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