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Funny River wildfire holds at 193,000 acres, burn ban lifted

Posted: May 31, 2014 - 8:56pm  |  Updated: May 31, 2014 - 9:34pm

As cool, damp conditions continued on the Kenai Peninsula, firefighters continued to make inroads on containing the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire.

Despite improving conditions and fire containment at 54 percent, none of the 751 firefighting personnel have left, according to an Alaska Interagency Incident Management team media release.

Instead, crews continue to mop-up, or seek out and extinguish hot areas, along the western edge of the fire line, according to the release.

Containment lines north of Torpedo Lake and on the north end of the Kenai River were strengthened Saturday and hotshot crews continued building a fireline in the Browns Lake area, according to the release.

The State Forestry department lifted a nearly week-long burn ban that has been in place on the Kenai Peninsula.

Open campfires are allowed, but only in developed campsites in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, state parks and Chugach National forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula.

Campfires must be in a metal fire grate in a developed campsites, according to a media release. Charcoal grills, cooking stoves and gas grills are also allowed.

Burn permits are still suspended, according to the release.

 

Reach Rashah McChesney at rashah.mcchesney@peninsulaclarion.com

 

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hunteralaska
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hunteralaska 06/01/14 - 06:51 am
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Let's Burn The Rest of The Peninsula

Hmmm let's see now........ you've been drinking and driving, you've had a few wrecks but no one was injured. That's okay, I've determined you are safe..... you are allowed to drink and drive again.

The fire that has burned 300 square miles is not out....... but someone determined it's okay to have open campfires again.

Where do they get these geniuses???

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 06/01/14 - 08:59 am
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Hunteralaska

Hunter, They most likely hired them away from some system in the lower 48! At a nice pay raise and moving expenses being paid also. But rest assured they are friends of someone high up in our system and they knew they wanted to move out an onward.

jlmh
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jlmh 06/01/14 - 11:32 am
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Not going all pyro

What's the problem? They're still not allowing open burns. Or drunk driving.

They just okay'd campfires and barbecues. Those have traditionally been allowed under any conditions.

D.MacLean
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D.MacLean 06/04/14 - 08:13 pm
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Back to reality -

This fire could burn, smolder, and send up smoke, from time to time, all summer. A burn ban has to do with the danger of burning activity starting a new fire, based on expected weather and current moisture levels in the grass, moss, and woody debris. Conditions have changed significantly from what they were when the Funny River fire was active. A burn ban, just for the heck of it, would be pointless. When things dry out and fire danger increases, there will be another burn ban, when conditions warrant.

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