wildland fire

Mike Hill/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

 

When the Incident Command team running operations on the Swan Lake fire met with community members last week, it was the number two priority fire in the state. Since then, total personnel working just outside Sterling has almost doubled.

Patrick Quiner/Alaska Division of Forestry

 

Fire crews were able to get a good handle on multiple fires burning around the Kenai Peninsula over the weekend. By late Friday, the 176 acre Tustumena Lake fire was called fully contained.

Patrick Quiner/Alaska Division of Forestry

 

Fire crews are getting a handle on a number of wildland fires across the Kenai Peninsula. Lightning strikes are the cause for all but one of the seven fires currently burning.

Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry

 

More thunderstorms are in the forecast for the end of the week and lightning associated with that weather sparked several wildland fires on the Kenai Peninsula Wednesday.

Fire season is definitely here. The state Division of Forestry has put a burn ban in effect for the Kenai Peninsula, as the slow march toward green up continues.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

 

Despite all the snow still on the ground and in the forecast, it won’t be long before attention turns to fire season.