Forest Fire UPDATE:

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2007

 

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  KTUU photographer Jason Kohler videotapes burning landscape on the northwestern perimeter of the fire Wednesday. Photo by M. Scott Moon

A tanker flies low to drop a load of retardant on an active flank of the

Caribou Hills fire on Wednesday evening. Crews are concentrating their efforts on protecting cabins and a Homer Electric Association power line.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Anne Burns, public information officer for the Alaska Division of Forestry, said the fire is estimated at over 6,600 acres and growing. There are roughly 125 people fighting the fire with more being mobilized. "We're not calling any of the fire contained at this time," Burns said.

 

Smoke billows from forest burned Wednesday evening in the Caribou Hills fire east of Ninilchik.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The fire burned actively Wednesday night, fueled by high temperatures and low humidity. Kris Eriksen, fire information officer for Division of Forestry, said they're concerned about a "sea breeze front," which will bring unstable air and thunderstorms to the Peninsula. Westerly and southwesterly winds moving at 15 to 20 mile per hour gusts are expected to shift the fire northeast toward cabins.

 

The Caribou Hills fire works its way down a slope near the main stem of the Anchor River on Wednesday afternoon.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

 

KTUU photographer Jason Kohler videotapes burning landscape on the

northwestern perimeter of the fire Wednesday.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

 

A helicopter working for the Alaska Division of Forestry works in close quarters Wednesday.

Photo by M. Scott Moon



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