Thursday Noon Update Crews Complete Intentional Burning Along Sterling Highway

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 48,119 acres with 517 crew members working on the fire with 10% containment. Fire crews have completed their intentional burning along the highway and the Homer Electric transmission line this Thursday morning using swing shift crews who worked into the early morning hours. According to Emery Johnson with the State Division of Forestry, firefighters are now working on the East side of the East fork of moose river today with support of boat operations on Watson lake. Call the Fire Information line at 208-391-3488, visit or Ben Bartos, Incident Meteorologist out of Anchorage: “The next few days, with Friday looking like the warmest day. Just want to keep everyone aware that it is going to be hot and dry over the next couple days. We are confident in that forecast. It’s a pretty stable pattern and we don’t anticipate a lot of change. But, really want to drive that hot and dry home, with the weather.” Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infocenter_img Johnson: “Smoke may affect visibility in the afternoon when winds are expected to switch out of the north.  Nighttime inversions also may cause areas of smoke and fog.”Forecasters say a high pressure system is likely to move in over the Kenai Peninsula this week, bringing warmer temperatures to the area where the over 40,000 acre Swan Lake fire continues to burn. An air quality advisory continues through Friday, June 28. Johnson: “Today crews will complete the remaining mile of firing operations northwest between Watson and Afonasi lakes on the East Fork Moose River, helping to protect the community of Sterling. Helicopters and drones with Plastic Sphere Dispensing (PSD) machines that drop ping-pong like balls with reactive chemicals inside were used to increase the burned area of the firing operation in front of the main fire. “ Motorists can expect traffic delays to continue Thursday along the Sterling Highway. Flaggers and pilot cars will be moving traffic through a single lane along approximately 10 miles of the fire area as firefighters use the lane nearest the fire.last_img