Brian Mazurek

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Sept. 3, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Continued rains lead to scaling back of evacuation statuses for Cooper Landing and Sterling

Normal highway operations have resumed without pilot cars

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Sept. 3, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)
Courtesy Ludy Link 
                                Soldotna resident Richard Link and his prize-winning Armenian cucumber are seen here in this August 2019 photo. The 14-pound, 37 3/8-inch cucumber took home a grand prize at the 2019 Alaska State Fair.

Going the distance

Cucumber makes it past the Swan Lake Fire to break the Alaska State Fair record

Courtesy Ludy Link 
                                Soldotna resident Richard Link and his prize-winning Armenian cucumber are seen here in this August 2019 photo. The 14-pound, 37 3/8-inch cucumber took home a grand prize at the 2019 Alaska State Fair.
Trees burned by the Swan Lake Fire and knocked down by gusts of wind can be seen here along the Sterling Highway on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Swan Lake Fire shows little weekend growth despite strong Sunday winds

Winds reached up to 45 mph along some isolated areas of the Sterling Highway

Trees burned by the Swan Lake Fire and knocked down by gusts of wind can be seen here along the Sterling Highway on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Faces of the fire

On the line with firefighters battling the Swan Lake blaze

Rains help firefighting efforts

A low-pressure storm system arrived Friday and some areas of the fire received 1/4-inch of rain.

Cooper Landing man arrested after high-speed pursuit on Sterling Highway

The vehicle allegedly stopped in a parking lot, rammed three patrol vehicles in an attempt to flee.

This map shows the combined emergency area closure for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Church National Forest effective Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (U.S. Forest Service)

Public lands around fire closed

The closures are due to concern for public health and safety related to the Swan Lake Fire.

This map shows the combined emergency area closure for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Church National Forest effective Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (U.S. Forest Service)
The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)

Crews continue to battle Swan Lake Fire

As of Thursday morning, the fire measured 161,921 acres.

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)

Out of the Office: Burnt out

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                                Haze from Swan Lake Fire smoke can be seen over Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near the corner of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road on Wednesday in Soldotna.

Smoke prompts air quality advisory for peninsula

Dense smoke from the Swan Lake Fire moved into the western peninsula Wednesday

Erin Thompson / Peninsula Clarion
                                Haze from Swan Lake Fire smoke can be seen over Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near the corner of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road on Wednesday in Soldotna.
Kara Moriarty, President and CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, gives a presentation to the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska Oil and Gas Association president predicts decades of increased oil production

By 2040 there could be rates of production as high as 1 million barrels a day in ANWR alone.

Kara Moriarty, President and CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, gives a presentation to the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A duplex that caught fire in Soldotna, Alaska, is seen here on Aug. 28, 2019. (Photo courtesy Central Emergency Services)

Soldotna duplex catches fire

No injuries were reported.

A duplex that caught fire in Soldotna, Alaska, is seen here on Aug. 28, 2019. (Photo courtesy Central Emergency Services)
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Aug. 28, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Changing wind patterns move smoke into western part of the peninsula

Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire is expected to move west as fire crews continue containment efforts

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Aug. 28, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)
Trinity Hotshots battling the Swan Lake Fire hold the line during burnout operations along the Sterling Highway in Alaska on Aug. 26, 2019. (Photo courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Cooper Landing remains in “SET” status, Sterling Highway delays likely

The Swan Lake Fire has grown by about 8,000 acres since Monday

Trinity Hotshots battling the Swan Lake Fire hold the line during burnout operations along the Sterling Highway in Alaska on Aug. 26, 2019. (Photo courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Cooper Landing briefed on evacuation plans as fire grows

Control points will be established at Mile 71 near Watson Lake and Mile 53 near Resurrection trail.

Kenai shows love to local industries

The event is organized by the Economic Development District and the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.

Residents attend a community meeting to discuss the Swan Lake Fire in Sterling, on Thursday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Fire officials address community concerns

The latest infrared mapping puts the fire at 142,542 acres.

Residents attend a community meeting to discuss the Swan Lake Fire in Sterling, on Thursday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
This map shows the Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska as of Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team 1)

Swan Lake Fire shows little growth on Thursday

The latest infrared mapping puts the fire at 142,542 acres.

This map shows the Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska as of Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team 1)

Candidates announced for Oct. 1 municipal elections

There are a number of open seats on the Borough Assembly, the School Board and Service Area boards.

Fire crews are briefed on the day’s operations at the Otter Creek Spike Camp on Aug. 21, 2019. (Courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

Swan Lake Fire prompts highway closure, burn ban

The closure is due to heavy smoke and poor visibility in the area

Fire crews are briefed on the day’s operations at the Otter Creek Spike Camp on Aug. 21, 2019. (Courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)