first_imgOriginal Post: Noon: The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 161,921 acres and remains at 20% containment. A low pressure weather pattern is setting up towards the weekend, which will likely bring cooler temperatures and precipitation as early as Friday night.High pressure will provide overall dry conditions and above average temperatures starting Thursday through Friday. Light and terrain driven flows will prevail across the Swan Lake Fire with light and variable smoke transport. Afternoon cumulus development is possible Friday afternoon with a slight chance for an isolated shower. The Sterling neighborhoods east of Feuding Lane and east of Adkins Road remain in a READY status. A READY notification means residents should be preparing for a potential evacuation should the threat level increase. The southwestern corner of the fire experienced some increased activity near, but inside, containment lines.  Work will continue to cool this area as well as securing the perimeter northward to the Sterling Highway by extinguishing any remaining burning or smoldering fuels adjacent to the containment lines. Structure protection on the western flank is effectively in place. Gilbert: “We were able to get enough air to at least look at the stuff up Resurrection, but other than that not a good day for air support. It was a good day for our folks on the ground, on the west side of the fire protecting Sterling we still have over 100 firefighters. We are seeing some containment on that side and crews are feeling really good about it.”  As of Thursday, the community of Cooper Landing does remain in a ‘Set’ status. Dan Nelson with the Borough Office of Emergency Management: “We are always going to do the most conservative action to keep the people safe, and that is why we remain at ‘Set’. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting has been scheduled for Friday at 6pm, at the Sterling Community Center.center_img Expect dense smoke through Thursday on the western side of the Peninsula impacting Homer north to Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski and Sterling. Cooper Landing will continue to be impacted due to the proximity to the fire.Due to the extensive smoke on Wednesday no aviation support was able to be utilized throughout the day. According to Fire Manager with the Incident Command Team, Rocky Gilbert, the crews on the ground worked hard to pick up the slack. Jeff Tonkin Incident Meteorologist on the Swan Lake Fire: “Rain is great, right? It won’t put the fire out, but it will really give us a nice week of moist weather, cooler typers, and reduce the fuel dryness and hopefully dampen some fire activity.”  Wednesday night’s public meeting in Cooper Landing attracted about 200 people to the school and another estimated 360 on Facebook Live. Fire managers and local officials shared information about suppression progress and plans as well as Sterling Highway travel restrictions and contingency plans should evacuations be needed. The Sterling Highway remains open and will alternate between two lanes and one-lane pilot car operations. Thick smoke and fog are reported in lowland areas near the Kenai River and in Cooper Landing. Reduced visibility along the flats around Watson Lake area (MP 71-68). Drive with headlights on. Travel is not advised.last_img

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