Funny River wildfire holds at 193,000 acres, burn ban lifted

  • By Rashah McChesney
  • Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:56pm
  • News

As cool, damp conditions continued on the Kenai Peninsula, firefighters continued to make inroads on containing the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire.

Despite improving conditions and fire containment at 54 percent, none of the 751 firefighting personnel have left, according to an Alaska Interagency Incident Management team media release.

Instead, crews continue to mop-up, or seek out and extinguish hot areas, along the western edge of the fire line, according to the release.

Containment lines north of Torpedo Lake and on the north end of the Kenai River were strengthened Saturday and hotshot crews continued building a fireline in the Browns Lake area, according to the release.

The State Forestry department lifted a nearly week-long burn ban that has been in place on the Kenai Peninsula.

Open campfires are allowed, but only in developed campsites in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, state parks and Chugach National forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula.

Campfires must be in a metal fire grate in a developed campsites, according to a media release. Charcoal grills, cooking stoves and gas grills are also allowed.

Burn permits are still suspended, according to the release.

 

Reach Rashah McChesney at rashah.mcchesney@peninsulaclarion.com

 

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