Swan Lake Fire is now over 12,000 acres in size

The Swan Lake Fire perimeter as of Monday, June 17, 2019. (From Alaska Div. of Forestry)

ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - The Swan Lake Fire is now over 12,000 acres in size.

The Division of Forestry says the cloudy day on Sunday allowed firefighters to make good progress.

Fire crews on the scene say the fire is slowly moving, and burning deep within the duff layer. The duff layer is a thick layer of moss, twigs, leaves and spruce needles that blankets the forest floor.

As of this morning, containment is still at zero percent. The cause of the fire is lightning.

Officials say moving forward, expect to see more fire personnel on the Sterling Highway while they complete a move to a type 2 Alaska Incident Management Team.

Officials say motorists are urged to yield to fire equipment entering the Sterling Highway and to adhere to traffic signage staged near miles 82 and 92. Observing the fire from a safe location should be practiced instead of stopping along the highway.

Up to date highway information can be found at 511.alaska.gov or by calling 5-1-1.

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