Kenai Peninsula wildfires: A reader's perspective

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Photo by U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Balinda O'Neal

The Alaska Army National Guard supports fire suppression efforts June 17 near Cooper Landing, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Two UH-60 Black Hawks and crews from the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment are flying multiple missions, dipping their orange water buckets into Kenai Lake and other nearby water, dropping thousands of gallons of water over spot fires near Russian Lake.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

A “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from an Alaska Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter, releases more than 700 gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew 200 bucket missions total, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula portion of the Chugach National Forest.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

A “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from an Alaska Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter, releases more than 700 gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew 200 bucket missions total, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula portion of the Chugach National Forest.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

A “Bambi Bucket” hangs from an Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter before releasing more than 700 gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew 200 bucket missions total, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Contributed photo by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, prepares to refill a “Bambi Bucket” in Cooper Lake while on a fire-fighting mission near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. The Black Hawk can carry up to 900 gallons of water which they refill in local ponds and reservoirs.
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Contributed photo by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the Alaska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, assists local responders as they attempt to contain the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew 200 bucket missions total, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the Alaska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, assists local responders as they attempt to contain the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew 200 bucket missions total, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula. Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O'Neal 5 at Russian Lake near Cooper Landing, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Two UH-60 Black Hawks and crews from the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment are flying multiple missions, dipping their orange water buckets into Kenai Lake and other nearby water, dropping thousands of gallons of water over spot fires near Russian Lake.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the Alaska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, assists local responders as they attempt to contain the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew 200 bucket missions total, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Photo by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, prepares to refill a “Bambi Bucket” in Cooper Lake while on a fire-fighting mission near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. The Black Hawk can carry up to 900 gallons of water which they refill in local ponds and reservoirs.
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Photo by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, prepares to refill a “Bambi Bucket” in Cooper Lake while on a fire-fighting mission near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. The Black Hawk can carry up to 900 gallons of water which they refill in local ponds and reservoirs.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, drops approximately 700 gallons of water from a “Bambi Bucket” on to the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew a total of 200 bucket missions, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

A “Bambi Bucket” hangs from an Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after releasing more than 700 gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew 200 bucket missions total, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O'Neal

5 at Russian Lake near Cooper Landing, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Two UH-60 Black Hawks and crews from the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment are flying multiple missions, dipping their orange water buckets into Kenai Lake and other nearby water, dropping thousands of gallons of water over spot fires near Russian Lake.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, drops approximately 700 gallons of water from a “Bambi Bucket” on to the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew a total of 200 bucket missions, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

Alaska Army National Guardsmen Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Clark, left, and Spc. Tanner Lauderback, both from 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, prepare to attach a “Bambi Bucket” to their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew a total of 200 bucket missions, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O'Neal

The Alaska Army National Guard supported fire suppression efforts in June 2015 at Russian Lake near Cooper Landing, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Two UH-60 Black Hawks and crews from the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment are flying multiple missions, dipping their orange water buckets into Kenai Lake and other nearby water, dropping thousands of gallons of water over spot fires near Russian Lake.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, drops approximately 700 gallons of water from a “Bambi Bucket” on to the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew a total of 200 bucket missions, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal

An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, drops approximately 700 gallons of water from a “Bambi Bucket” on to the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew a total of 200 bucket missions, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O’Neal
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Photo courtesy Sgt. Kevan Katkus

The Alaska Army National Guard supported fire suppression efforts in June 2015 in and near Willow, Alaska. UH-60 Black Hawks from the 1-207th Aviation Regiment flew multiple missions, dipping their orange water buckets into waters east of Willow Lake and dropping thousands of gallons of water over the east side of the fire, about five miles north of Willow Airport. Sergeant Sonny Cooper, a crew chief for the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, flew on a crew during firefighting efforts, and operated the water bucket during missions.
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Photo contributed by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Balinda O'Neal

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the Alaska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, assists local responders as they attempt to contain the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska, June 17. Two AKARNG Black Hawk helicopters flew 200 bucket missions total, dumping more than 144,000 gallons of water on the 300-acre Stetson Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Photo contributed by Jeff Jicha

Fire retardent coats Fueding Lane as firefighters battle the Card Street wildfire.
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Photo contributed by Jeff Jicha

The aftermath of the Card Street wildfire.
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The Card Street wildfire burns near Fueding Lane.
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Photo contributed by Jeff Jicha

Smoke from the Card Street wildfire envelops a moose mother and two calves.
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Smoke from the Card Street wildfire envelops a moose mother and two calves.
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Photo contributed by Jeff Jicha

The aftermath of the Card Street wildfire.
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Photo contributed by Jeff Jicha

A bunny sniffing the ground, looking for babies.
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Photo contributed by Val Wedler

A smoke plume from the Card Street wildfire.
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A smoke plume from the Card Street wildfire as seen from the Kenai River.
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Photo contributed by Val Wedler

A smoke plume from the Card Street wildfire.
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Photo contributed by Val Wedler

A hot spot from the Card Street wildfire burns near the Kenai River.
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Photo contributed by Val Wedler

The Card Street wildfire burns near the Kenai River.
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Photo contributed by Val Wedler

A helicopter works to battle the Card Street wildfire.
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Photo contributed by Val Wedler

A smoke plume from the Card Street wildfire.
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Photo contributed by Jason Pawluk

A smoke plume from the Card Street wildfire as it burns near Skilak Loop Road.
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A smoke plume from the Card Street wildfire as it burns near Skilak Loop road.
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The Card Street wildfire burns near Skilak Loop Road.
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Photo contributed by Jason Pawluk
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Contributed photo by Austin Roberts

The Roberts family lost 2 large cabins, RV, 3 river boats, 2 vehicles, and a storage unit full of stuff from a recent move/downsize in the Card Street wildfire. Roberts said firefighters told him the family's property was the first to go up.
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Firefighters have been working to contain the 9,000 acre Card Street wildfire near Sterling, Alaska.
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A plume from the Card Street wildfire darkens the sky above Sterling, Alaska.
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Bulldozers work to clear a line to stave off the advance of the Card Street wildfire.
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Firefighters are battling the more than 2500 acre Card Street wildfire on several fronts.
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The Card Street wildfire seen on Monday June 15, 2017, when it was discovered.
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Photo courtesy/Alaska Division of Forestry

An aerial view of the remote Russian Lake fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska.
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Photo courtesy/Alaska Division of Forestry

An aerial view of the remote Juneau Lake fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska.
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A helicopter moves toward dipping water out of a lake near Card Street as it works to mitigate damage from the 9,000 acre Card Street wildfire in Sterling, Alaska.
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Bulldozers work to clear a line near a hot spot from the Card Street wildfire on Thursday June 18, 2015.
 

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