Hoping for helpful rain

  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
  • Monday, May 26, 2014 11:25pm
  • News

As of Monday evening the Funny River Road wildfire was mapped at 176,069 acres or about 275 miles with 30 percent containment.

The wind was pushing the fire in a northeast direction Monday. The National Weather Service calls for rain early Tuesday morning with a chance of showers through Friday.

“It did look like there might be more than just (Tuesday) for rain and if that happens, which we hope it does, then we might be getting some good progress,” said Michelle Weston, public information officer with the Interagency Incident Management Team.

Sunday afternoon, the fire spotted across the Kenai River into the Kenai Keys area. Central Emergency Services and the Soldotna-based Division of Forestry responded to a roof fire of a trailer house and two cabin deck fires.

The fire crossed the Kenai River Sunday in the Torpedo Lake area, about five miles below the Skilak Lake outlet.

At a 1:30 p.m. Monday media briefing at the incident command center at Skyview High School, Weston said crews Monday were evaluating hard-to-access areas to determine if any structures were harmed during fire activity Sunday night.

She said the focus for Monday was to keep the fire on the northern side of the Kenai River in the Torpedo Lake area under control.

About 250 of the fire’s 670 personnel were focused in that area Monday.

Another area of focus was holding the fire at the fuel break to keep the blaze from entering the Funny River Road community.

Crews are making process finishing the containment line of the southwest section of the fire, Weston said.

Funny River Road residents from Mile 7 to Fisherman’s Road evacuated the area Sunday afternoon.

Kris Eriksen, public information officer with the National Incident Management Organization, said at a public meeting at Redoubt Elementary School Monday night that evacuees will be notified by 9 a.m. Tuesday whether or not they can return to their homes.

Residents are urged not to return to their homes for anything unless necessary. If people need to get to their house, they will need to be escorted by Alaska State Troopers. Law enforcement is patrolling the area ensuring unauthorized people stay out of the neighborhood and homes are not broken into.

Officials also evacuated and closed the Lower Skilak Lake Campground.

The Kenai Keys area is under an evacuation advisory, which means residents should prepare to evacuate.

No injuries have been reported during the week-long fire.

Two community meetings are scheduled for Tuesday. The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team will update the public at Tustumena Elementary School at 6 p.m. and Soldotna High School at 8 p.m.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com

More in News

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Fatal collision near Anchor Point closes highway for hours

Troopers received a call about the collision shortly after noon

Members of the Soldotna Elks Lodge #2706, including Exalted Ruler Robert Dixon and Secretary Shannon Woodford (third and fifth from the left) stand with purchased toys and clothes for donation to local children at the lodge in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna Elks to donate toys and clothes to local kids

Yearlong fundraiser brings in more than $13,000

Portions of the Kenai bluff can be seen eroding below Old Town Kenai in this undated photo. (Photo by Aidan Curtin/courtesy Scott Curtin)
Portions of the Kenai bluff can be seen eroding below Old Town Kenai in this undated photo. (Photo by Aidan Curtin/courtesy Scott Curtin)
Infrastructure dollars flood peninsula

Federal infrastructure bill makes available more than $232M for peninsula projects

Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna bumps vote on use of accessory housing as short-term rentals

An accessory dwelling unit is a subordinate, detached dwelling unit located on a lot or parcel with an existing residence

Foliage surrounds the Soldotna Police Department sign on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Foliage surrounds the Soldotna Police Department sign on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Law enforcement to host women’s self-defense class in January

Within 48 hours of the course being advertised, 120 women had signed up to participate

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Local hunter credits community members for Thanksgiving rescue

Glover said he didn’t even strike out from his home to go hunting

In this July 13, 2007, photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. (AP Photo / Al Grillo)
EPA proposes restrictions to block Pebble Mine

Mine developer Pebble Limited Partnershi called the EPA’s decision a preemptive veto

Architect Nancy Casey speaks in front of a small gathering at this year’s final Fireside Chat presented by the Kenai Watershed Forum on Nov. 30, 2022, at Kenai River Brewing in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Building with the environment in mind

Kenai Watershed Forum’s Fireside Chats conclude

Johni Blankenship signs her name after being sworn in as Soldotna City Clerk at a city council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Blankenship sworn in as Soldotna city clerk

Blankenship comes to the City of Soldotna from the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Most Read