Representatives from the Kenai/Kodiak Office of the Alaska Div. of Forestry discuss the Swan Lake Fire and fire response on this week's Kenai Conversation.
The Swan Lake Fire has been burning northeast of Sterling for a month now. On this week's Kenai Conversation host Jay Barrett welcomes Andy Alexandrou and Dawn Gelderloos of the Alaska Division of Forestry.
Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire near Sterling is expected to continue stalling traffic on the Kenai Peninsula through the weekend. Smoke from the fire is also spreading north to Turnagain Arm and Anchorage. The Alaska DOT continues to use pilot cars due to the smoke and firefighting equipment set up on the southbound lanes between mileposts 58 and 75.
A second fire in the Central Kenai Peninsula flared to life Sunday afternoon. The Killey Fire, the 413th of the season in Alaska, was spotted by firefighting personnel in a spotter plane, directing water-bombers fighting the Swan Lake Fire. A Division of Forestry helicopter attack crew with four firefighters responded, with three others reaching the are on four-wheelers. Two helicopters dropped water on the Killey Fire, including one diverted from the Swan Lake Fire, until it was sent back when winds there picked up and increased activity.