Swan Lake Fire Update, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

September 6, 2007

The Swan Lake Fire remains in “monitor” status at 1,960 acres and is being flown every few days by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aircraft.  There are a few areas of smoke in the interior, but the fire’s perimeter has not grown for several weeks. Weather in the fire area remains cool and damp.

This fire was started by lightning July 29 on the south shore of Skilak Lake a mile south of Caribou, Alaska, within a designated Wilderness area. The Refuge has managed the incident under a Wildland Fire Use strategy to benefit wildlife and habitat, conserve wilderness values and reduce hazardous fuels. This calls for evaluation points and structure protection, while allowing the fire to spread naturally to pre-planned areas where land and resource management objectives can be achieved. As with all Wildland Fire Use, the fire’s behavior as well as weather conditions are monitored daily by Refuge personnel.

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