Good progress on Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake fires

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Cooper Landing – Favorable weather conditions have aided firefighters in their work on two fires in the Chugach National Forest on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Stetson Creek fire is approximately 50 percent contained, with crews concentrating on building line on the south/southeast section of the fire along with mop-up which is likely to take several days. The Bitteroot and Beaverhead/Deer Lodge crews from Montana and a local squad from the Chugach National Forest are continuing on the Stetson Creek Fire to protect high values along the Sterling Highway.

Containment progressed on the Juneau Lake fire, which is 30% contained after a 20-person crew was flown into the area. The Lolo Type 2IA crew was shuttled by helicopter to Juneau Lake and is working to protect cabins along the lake and secure the fire’s edge along the west and south. Mop up on this fire will also take several days.

A moist marine air mass remains over the area with some sun likely in the afternoon. There is no precipitation in the forecast today, however, lower temperatures and higher relative humidity have aided firefighters’ efforts.
Today’s resources include 102 personnel and one helicopter.

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (ORIIMT4), Brian Goff, incident commander, is managing the Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake fires.

Burning closures are in effect for the entire Kenai Peninsula including Chugach National Forest. All open fires, including campfires and charcoal fires, are prohibited. While most of Alaska’s fire starts over the last two days have been caused by lightning, about one-quarter are human-caused. Please follow burn closures.

Visit www.akfireinfo.com for updates on fires across the state. More information on the Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake fires can be found at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov or the Chugach National Forest Fire information page. For general fire information, call 907-743-9500 Anchorage.

People in hard hats loading stuff onto a helicopter.

The Lolo Crew from Montana loads gear for transport to the Juneau Lake Fire.
Photo by Kevin Laves, Resource Advisor, US Forest Service. 

People in hard hats checking the fire line

Crew members check the fire line of the Juneau Lake Fire.
Photo by Kevin Laves, Resource Advisor, US Forest Service.




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