Work included enhancing protections around energy infrastructure. Though most of the pipeline, which moves natural gas from the Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage, is buried underground, a Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) sits above ground east of the fire. Sarah Saarloos with DOF: “Yesterday’s cloud cover, light rain, cooler temps reduced the growth of the Swam Lake Fire. The estimated size is estimated around 12,782 acres.” WEATHER: Meteorologists expect cloudy, wet weather to continue for the next 24 hours. Precipitation will be limited to passing rain showers with only a 10% chance of wetting rain over the fire area today. Fires burning in deep duff require large amounts of rain to change their activity, something that hasn’t been seen this weekend. Saturday’s protections for the TEG site included clearing out vegetation and prepping water pumps and a sprinkler system. Crews also completed a new helispot Saturday near the fire to support movement of personnel and supplies, improving efficiency. FIRE INFORMATION: Call Division of Forestry Public Information office at 907-260-4262, visit kpboem.com orinciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/ OBJECTIVE: The fire is burning in a limited protection area within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry are working collaboratively with refuge personnel to manage the fire. They aim to reduce future wildland fire hazards and enhance wildlife habitat by allowing for fire’s natural role: creating a diversity of vegetation types and tree age classes. SAFETY: Motorists are urged to yield to fire apparatus entering the Sterling Highway and to adhere to traffic signage staged near miles 82 and 92. Observing the fire from a safe location should be practiced instead of stopping along the highway. For current road conditions visit http://511.alaska.gov. Supporting agencies are posting fire and smoke-related information, official updates and helpful links on the virtual joint information center (VJIC) at www.kpboem.com. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is still in effect to support suppression efforts and firefighter safety. Pilots and drone operators can confirm the current TFR restrictions athttps://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_4869.html. Be advised that drone operation is not permitted on the Refuge. This fire helps reduce the risk of future fires threatening local communities when weather is less favorable by removing fuel now. Burn scars affect new fires for years, slowing their progress and giving firefighters more time to respond. For more information on Alaska’s forest succession and wildland fire on National Wildlife Refuges visit: https://tinyurl.com/y4hpul8x.Anticipating a change in the weather to warmer and drier, firefighters today will continue building and fortifying line along the south finger of the fire, south of the pipeline corridor. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Firefighters benefited from cooler, wetter weather on Saturday where the Swan Lake Fire is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Crews made progress improving the fire line along the southwest edge of the fire near the community of Sterling according to the Division of Forestry. Helicopters will be supporting crews Sunday morning with bucket drops of water as needed. Assessments will be made today on infrastructure north of the fire including a public-use cabin, to determine what protections would be needed if fire activity intensifies over the next week.