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KENAI: Refuge Helps Fight Early Peninsula Fires
10 Region, May 2, 2005
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Warm weather from an early spring, along with windy conditions, have helped fuel over 20 wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula in April. A fire near Homer grew from over 300 acres on April 30 to over 4,000 acres on May 2. Early response by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has helped keep the fire controlled, though it still threatens many homes on the hillside areas above Anchor Point and Homer.

Before the fire even started, Refuge staff were asked to help fight another grass fire in the Homer area so our folks were on scene when the large Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) fire broke out from a downed power line. The Refuge crew of three firefighters and an engine were instrumental in helping control the fire until additional resources were deployed from around the State. The Refuge also provided fuses, drip torches, and fuel to back burn around homes and other buildings. These early efforts likely reduced property damage from the fire by many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Contact Info: Kevin Painter, , kevin_painter@fws.gov



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