3 fires burn on Kenai Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The Homer Fire Department and the Alaska Division of Forestry worked to contain a forest fire near Homer on Monday afternoon while two other fires were being monitored on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula.

An air tanker and several fire truck crews were fighting a 1 1/2- to 3-acre fire on the bench above Homer, according to Ric Plate, a fire management officer with the forestry division.

Another fire was being allowed to burn on an island in Hidden Lake between Sterling and Cooper Landing.

The island, estimated to be 15 to 20 acres in size, did not have any structures on it and no people were believed to be in the area.

A third fire, at the head of Tustumena Lake near the Kenai Mountains, had burned about one acre, according to Plate.

The fire was in a minimal suppression area, and firefighters were working to protect some nearby cabins.

Plate reminded people that a burn suspension is in place due to hot and dry weather conditions.

Campfires and burn barrels are permitted on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula, but fires are not allowed in the Chugach National Forest, except in campfire rings away from all brush and other flammable vegetation, Plate said.



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