Kenai Fire Department

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One person is dead after a car fire in Kenai, according to the Kenai Police Department.

Police and fire personnel responded to a vehicle fire at Beaver Creek Park on the Kenai Spur Highway around 12:30 Friday afternoon, said a press release from the police department. The release said the car was “fully engulfed” in flames before fire personnel extinguished the blaze. Officials found an unidentified individual inside the vehicle, who they said was dead.

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Update, 5 p.m.

The air in the building has been evacuated and Kenai Central High School students will return to a normal school day Tuesday. Today's classes were held remotely, so there's no need for a make-up day.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board will also meet as planned this evening in the school auditorium. You can find more on that meeting on the district's website.

Kenai Fire Department

The Kenai and Nikiski fire departments worked together to remove a sunken boat from the mouth of the Kenai River late last night.

The boat reportedly swamped on Sunday due to the wake from another passing vessel near Kenai’s city dock. Many personal use dipnet fishermen float near the dock while they’re fishing, but it’s also a high-use area frequented by commercial boats and other sportfishing boats passing through. The boat that capsized Sunday was a twenty-foot alumaweld loaded with five to six people, said Kenai Fire Chief Tony Prior.

Kenai Fire Department

Kyler Michlitsch’s birthday Sunday was a lot different than it would have been outside quarantine. It was just his immediate family at their home in Nikiski to celebrate. 

Mom, Britney Baier, said there was no extended family, no friends and no fun outing to Jumpin’ Junction, as would normally be the case. 

“Just us here at the house, just the family members. We had cake and presents but that was it. No other family members, no grandparents, no aunts and uncles and cousins, it was just us. It was sad, his grandma actually dropped the cake off on the front porch. She made his Garfield cake but he had to wave through the window and he couldn’t go out and hug her or anything,” Baier said.

Kyler just turned 4 and doesn’t have the life experience to expect much else. Baier said it was fine but a pretty quiet affair. That is until the Nikiski Fire Department showed up in a fire truck, lights flashing and sirens blaring.

“They came by, they had the dog (Sparky the Fire Dog) and they had a fire hat to give him and a little stuffed animal. It was just really awesome. They sang happy birthday to him through speaker thing on the truck. It was special, it was just for him, they talked to him and said his name and happy birthday. I know he’ll remember it forever,” she said.

Kenai Fire Cheif Jeff Tucker joined the Kenai Conversation to look back on his 38-year career in fire and EMS, the last six with the city of Kenai. He retired March 20.

No major issues around central peninsula after earthquake

Nov 30, 2018
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There just seems to be something about big earthquakes and Fridays in Alaska. Friday morning's magnitude 7.1 quake fortunately did not cause the damage and disruption on the Kenai Peninsula as they saw around Anchorage. Things were more or less back to normal in Soldotna by late morning.



Alaska Earthquake Center

  Kenai appears to have weathered the damage from the two strong earthquakes this morning.

Centered in and around Anchorage, the 7.0 and 5.7 earthquakes have triggered tsunami warnings for as far away as Prince William Sound, Kodiak, and all of the west coast of the Kenai Peninsula. All tsunami warnings were later cancelled with no waves reported.

Kenai Fire Department Battalion Chief Tony Prior said the department is responding to several calls.

Western Fire Chiefs Association


A lot of professional trade shows, conventions and conferences are pretty nuts and bolts - attendees go to seminars and learn about the newest tools of the trade and how to use them. At the International Association of Fire Chiefs Strategic Direction and Leadership Forum, which Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker is currently attending, the focus isn’t so much on the newest fire truck as it is on the department.