Campfire ban lifted for national parks on the Kenai Peninsula

Campfire ban lifted for national parks on the Kenai Peninsula

Forest Service urges residents and visitors to continue to use caution with campfires.

Due to the recent rain and reduction in fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula, the U.S. Forest Service announced that the campfire bans and all fire restrictions have been lifted for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Fjords National Park and Chugach National Forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula as of Wednesday.

Although fire danger has decreased over much of the Kenai Peninsula, the Forest Service urges residents and visitors to continue to use caution with campfires. For statewide fire information, visit https://fire.ak.blm.gov/ or www.akfireinfo.com. Questions regarding the lifting of the campfire ban should be directed to the Kenai Fjords National Park at 907-422-0500, Chugach National Forest at 907-743-9500 or the Refuge at 907-262-7021.

According to a Wednesday update from the Eastern Area Incident Management Team, the Swan Lake Fire has experienced minimal spread due to recent precipitation, and fire crews are working to remove miles of hose lines from non-active areas, as well as structure protection hose from the Moose Research Center.

Crews continue to monitor the fire by air, and heavy equipment and woodchoppers are being used to repair secondary containment lines. The fire is approximately 102,229 acres in size and the 306 personnel assigned to the fire have completed 72% of their containment objectives. For the latest information on the fire, call 208-391-3488.

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