Original Post: Noon:
The Swan Lake Fire remains at 162,179 acres and 29% containment. Approximately .2″ fell around the whole perimeter of the fire, and about one-half of an inch of rain fell in the Cooper Landing area. This rain will provide great help to firefighters on Tuesday.
Occasional light afternoon showers are possible over the next several days and the next chance for significant precipitation will be this weekend. Fire behavior will continue to be moderated with near normal humidity levels. Despite the recent moisture, fuel remain dry and available to burn.
Construction will resume on the Sterling Highway and pilot cars and flaggers will be used in these areas. Continue to drive with caution in the fire area.
The Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 will hold two community meetings to present information on the status of the Swan Lake Fire. Both meetings will be held September 3, at 6 pm. The Cooper Landing meeting will be held at the Cooper Landing School and the Sterling Meeting will be held at the Sterling Community Center.
The Incident Management Team, in coordination with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, has changed the alert levels in Cooper Landing and Sterling.
– Level 2 SET to Level 1 READY for all areas of Cooper Landing.
– Level 1 READY alert status for the Feuding and Adkins areas of Sterling will be removed.
On the Sterling Highway, traffic will resume normal operations without pilot cars, however, drivers may continue to see them in road construction zones. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as fire-weakened trees, which can fall over, remain a hazard.
Motorists should drive with headlights on at all times and be aware of fire personnel and vehicles still in the fire area. Skilak Lake Road remains closed.