wildland fire

There’s a mosaic of land managers on the Kenai Peninsula. But all share at least one common goal: mitigate damage from wildfires.

That was front of mind for Jeff Bouschor this last week. He’s the fire management officer for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, which recently reached 100 percent containment on the lightning-caused Loon Lake Fire.

It's Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week in Alaska. 

This week, staff from the Division of Forestry talk through past and present efforts to mitigate risk and respond to wildfires locally. In the second half of the show, how individuals can avoid fires in their own lives.

Swan Lake fire work continues along Sterling highway

Jun 27, 2019
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.

Peninsula fires largely in monitor status

Jun 11, 2019
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.

Fire crews getting handle on Peninsula burns

Jun 7, 2019
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.

Lightning sparks wildland fires on Kenai Peninsula

Jun 6, 2019
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 underway on Kenai Peninsula

Apr 30, 2019

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.

Deep snowpack a good sign for midsummer fire season

Mar 13, 2018
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.