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)

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

Cooper Landing remains in “SET” status today, and travel delays remain likely on the Sterling Highway due to the continued activity of the Swan Lake Fire.

According to the latest update from the Great Basin Incident Management Team, firefighters assigned to structure protection spent Monday night at the community center in Cooper Landing to be available for rapid response after the Swan Lake Fire reached the Bean Creek and Slaughter Ridge area just a few miles north of Cooper Landing.

Firefighters will remain in the area today to complete their assessment of structures in the community and to complete the contingency line in the Slaughter Ridge area. Planned contingencies and resources are in position if the fire moves towards Cooper Landing. Fire line is also being constructed towards Surprise Creek in order to limit the fire’s growth towards the Russian River.

Public information officer Larry Bickle said Tuesday morning that the fire is currently at 158,042 acres. Bickle said that a fly-by of the fire’s perimeter near Cooper Landing Tuesday morning showed minimal activity.

Because Cooper Landing remains in “SET” status today, all residents should be prepared to evacuate if the situation warrants. The “SET” status is not a notice to evacuate, anyone who is uncomfortable staying in their home or anyone who needs additional time should consider leaving before an evacuation notice.

The north winds on Monday allowed firefighters to successfully conduct burnout operations along the highway. During these operations, hotshot crews used drip torches to methodically light unburned fuel on the south side of the highway between mile markers 63.5 and 66.5.

This operation helped to secure the highway and further protect the Hidden Lake Campground. The fire perimeter in this area will be assessed today, and night operations patrolling the Sterling Highway and Skilak Road will continue.

The Sterling neighborhoods east of Feuding Lane and east of Adkins Road remain in a “READY” status. This status is not a notice to leave, but it does mean that residents in the area should be ready for potential evacuation.

Along the fire’s southwest corner, crews will be mopping up within 30 to 50 feet of the fire line in order to prevent reignition. Structure protection crews at Kelly Lake, Engineer Lake, Upper Ohmer cabins, The Skilak Guard Station and the Hidden Lake Pavilion remain in place.

Dry weather conditions with above average temperatures will continue today. Winds from the north to northwest will continue to transport smoke to the south and southeast. The weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with no precipitation expected. A high pressure system will enter the area over the weekend, bringing an increase in winds as well as an increased chance of precipitation.

The latest information about the fire can be found at kpboem.com or on Facebook at KPB alerts, and a call center is available at 907-262-INFO (4636).

More in News

The Alaska State Capitol is seen in Juneau, Alaska, in 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Supreme Court rules against forward funding for education, confirms limit on legislative power

Setting multi-year budgets in Alaska requires cash on hand, justices said

Sarah Palin speaks at a July 11 Save America Rally featuring former President Donald Trump at Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
What to watch: Cheney in trouble; Palin eyes comeback

Sarah Palin jumped on a vacancy in the state’s congressional delegation as a potential springboard back into elected office

Assembly members participate during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly to revisit gravel pit legislation

A proposed ordinance would overhaul borough code addressing material site permits

Campaign signs decorate the outside of Paradisos Restaurant on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Election 2022: Where, how, when to vote

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday

As measured by the CDC, dispensing rate reflects the number of prescriptions dispensed per 100 persons per year. While the United States’ dispensing rate peaked at 81.3 in 2012, the Kenai Peninsula’s rate was 100 or higher every year between 2001 and 2015. Graphic by Ashlyn O’Hara.
Borough creates grant program to distribute opioid settlement funds

The Kenai Peninsula Borough will offer hundreds of thousands of dollars in… Continue reading

Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer speaks during a press conference announcing the administration’s push for changes to the state’s election system on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Kevin Goodman, State of Alaska)
Just 2 Alaska lieutenant governor candidates say 2020 presidential vote was fair

Alaska’s lieutenant governor will oversee the 2024 presidential election

Kenai Peninsula School District Superintendent Clayton Holland stand near the entrance to the district’s Soldotna offices on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Academics, staff recruitment among district priorities for upcoming school year

The superintendent is ready to see KPBSD return to the district’s pre-COVID-19 academic performance

Raymond Bradbury preserves his salmon while dipnetting in the mouth of the Kenai River on Saturday, July 10, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion file)
Personal use harvest reports due Monday

Northern Kenai fishing report

Evelyn Cooley competes in the barrel race at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Aug. 12, 2022, in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Music, magic, daredevils and pigs

Kenai Peninsula Fair brings an assortment of activities to Ninilchik

Most Read