Swan Lake fire


This week, continuing to unpack the full costs of the Swan Lake Fire. Senator Peter Micciche got a meeting together this week with officials from an alphabet soup of local, state and federal agencies. They talked about how the plan to fight, or not fight the fire, unfolded and how those plans changed as conditions on the ground changed, or, didn’t change. It took months for fire dousing rains to return to the Kenai this fall. And until they did, a number of businesses that rely on access to the Kenai river, either directly or indirectly, suffered.




This week, continuing to count the costs of the Swan Lake fire.



        After a summer of fire closures, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is opening up personal use firewood collection starting on Tuesday.

Woodcutting will be permitting along Swan Lake, Swanson River and Funny River roads, within the Dolly Varden Campground, and the unburned areas within the Upper and Lower Skilak campgrounds.

All harvesting is limited to dead and downed trees within the designated areas, and no standing trees, dead or alive may be felled. No off-roading or ATVs are allowed.

      The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically harmed by the Swan Lake Fire.

SBA acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton announced the action taken under the agency's own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Dunleavy on Oct. 2.

        More wilderness area is being reopened to the public in the aftermath of the Swan Lake Fire.

The Chugach National Forest is rescinding the previously closed areas of the Chugach National Forest impacted by the Fire. This reopens the south portion of the Resurrection Pass Trail, West Swan Lake, Swan Lake, Juneau Lake, Romig, and Trout Lake cabins, and surrounding areas. All areas, cabins, and trails are now open on the Seward Ranger District.