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Tuesday update: Funny River Horse Trail fire grows to 7,000 acres
Posted: May 20, 2014 - 3:02pm
Clarion staff report
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire has spread to 7,000 acres and moved to the west and east along the shores of Tustumena Lake.
Andy Alexandrou, public information officer for the state Division of Forestry Kenai office, said fire crews have set up a flank point and concentrated efforts on keeping the fire from advancing past the western edge of Fox Lake. He said 40 firefighters from the Chena Interagency Hotshots and Gannett Glacier Fire Crew out of Palmer are on scene with more crews expected later in the day. Crews worked to midnight last night and started up again at 6 a.m., he said.
“We are bulking up with six more crews to give the local guys a break from the fire and concentrate on initial attack fires,” Alexandrou said. “The last thing we want is to have injuries due to fatigue. We will gladly receive reinforcements with open arms.”
Earlier Tuesday, Alexandrou told the Clarion that the fire was likely human-caused, though it is unclear exactly how it started, he said.
"It could have been a campfire, or an exhaust system from a recreational vehicle, we don't know," he said.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
Yikes, I've been to that Fred Meyer!
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Authorities say a campfire that wasn't properly extinguished was the cause of wildfire burning near Soldotna.
A crew burned a fire line between the fire and village, which officials called a successful operation.
This is playing out so much like the Big Lake fire in 1996 ( I think) that's its spooky. It was even the last day of school when that one started
And it's always windy in the valley
-- The Alaska Division of Forestry at 1 p.m. Wednesday reports the Funny River fire is "definitely more than 20,000 acres," but an exact estimate is not possible due to inversion that pushed smoke low on the horizon. The fire is still burning east and west along the shore of Tustumena Lake. It is about a mile wide but broadens at the lake shore and was nearly 10 miles long at the last aerial estimate late Tuesday.
originally posted by: woodsmom
a reply to: GoShredAK
I am! Sorry, I actually forgot to post any more updates here today.
The fire came pretty close to funny river road this morning. They kept it from crossing over. They have since closed the road to everyone but property owners and responders. My house was engulfed in smoke this morning, that has since lifted and continues to shift around. It's over my house again, but much higher up.
I was just at forestry and they have had people from Hawaii and California show up to back up our responders. They were obviously busy, but I was told that the fire has headed back into the Shanta creek (?) burn area from a few years ago, '09 I think. So that's good news! They need all the help they can get. I'm grateful that's they have been out there busting their butts for the last couple of days. You may not see much from me over the next few days, but we will be fine. I will try and hop back on and update on this thread when I get a chance.
Here's a couple of the most current photos of the smoke from my place.