Loon Lake Fire reaches 100% containment

The 102-acre fire was first reported on the evening of June 12 and is said to have been caused by lightning.

Part of the hose line laid around the perimeter of the 102-acre Loon Lake Fire to help firefighters extinguish any hot spots is seen on Thursday, June 17, 2021 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Bryan Quimby/Gannett Glacier Fire Crew)

Part of the hose line laid around the perimeter of the 102-acre Loon Lake Fire to help firefighters extinguish any hot spots is seen on Thursday, June 17, 2021 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Bryan Quimby/Gannett Glacier Fire Crew)

Full containment of the Loon Lake Fire burning about 10 miles northeast of Sterling was reached over the weekend, the Alaska Division of Forestry reported Saturday.

The 102-acre fire was first reported on the evening of June 12 and is said to have been caused by lightning. The fire is close to where the 2019 Swan Lake Fire originated.

On Friday, fire crews mopped up and gridded hot spots deeper into the fire perimeter. The UAF Wildland Fire Crew Nanooks Wildland Fire Type 2 hand crew worked with Gannett Glacier Fire Crew to search for heat in the interior of the fire around the edges of any green or unburned islands, according to the Division of Forestry.

Cooler, cloudy and wet weather moderated fire behavior, with no fire growth and no smoke showing, the division said.

The Gannett Glacier Fire Crew was slated to return to Palmer for mandatory days off before the next fire assignment. The Nanooks crew will remain on the fire as long as Type 4 Incident Commander McNally needs them, the division said.

The Nanooks will prioritize mopping up the mosaic edges of the green islands within the perimeter and along the edge of Swan Lake, according to the division.

More information about the Loon Lake Fire can be found at akfireinfo.com.

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