Swan Lake Fire update: Crews to minimize overall fire spread

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Swan Lake Fire is still 20% contained and acreage is at around 144,132.

Fire officials say the goal for Friday is to minimize overall fire spread south of the Sterling Highway, southeast towards Cooper Landing, and southwest towards Sterling.

At last check, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities says the Sterling Highway is open from milepost 53 to milepost 75. DOT says drivers should be prepared for possible delays due to fire activity or smoke impacts.

Fire officials say easterly winds that were experienced on the fire Thursday will shift out of the northwest by Friday afternoon. As a result, there may be some improvements with smoke and visibility for the day towards Sterling, while Cooper Landing will likely experience heavier smoke Friday.

A total of six boats will be used to shuttle crews across the Kenai River to work in the Surprise Creek area, and crews will continue their work northeast along the Resurrection Trail. The Kenai and Russian rivers will rise over the next four days due to a jokulhaups (glacial outburst flood).

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Swan Lake Fire smoke outlook

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory in effect through Friday afternoon for the Susitna Valley and Kenai Peninsula

To see where smoke is heading, check out this useful tool, click here.

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