Kathleen Gustafson

Interim News Director

Kathleen Gustafson came to Homer in 1999 and has been involved with KBBI since 2003

She is responsible for all aspects of local program and content creation, on-air and on-line, for KBBI.

When not working at the station, Kathleen teaches theater, storytelling and public speaking through Pier One Youth Theater and produces and directs local theater.

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The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is still 20 percent contained. Today, Forestry officials announced a 4 acre increase in the size of the fire from 900 to 904 acres.

Minimal fire growth is expected over the next several days as the predicted cloud cover will help to moderate fire activity. Around 80 people are fighting the fire on the ground and in the air.

The Alaska Division of Forestry asks hunters in Caribou Lake to please stay away from the fire area.

Chris Barth

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is still 20 percent contained and is estimated to cover 900 acres. Firefighters have maintained the 900 acre footprint with no growth for over three days and expect to officially increase the percentage of containment as updated maps are complete.
Minimal fire growth is expected over the next several days as the predicted cloud cover will help to moderate fire activity. Around 80 people are fighting the fire on the ground and in the air.

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Two seats on the Homer City Council are in contention for the October 1, 2019  municipal election. The seats are currently held by Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas, who were elected in 2016. Both Erickson and Stroozas have filed for reelection. There are two new candidates for Homer City Council. Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen. KBBI will profile all the candidates for city council this week beginning today, with Joey Evensen. 
 

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is estimated to cover 900 acres. Firefighters have maintained the 900 acre footprint with no growth for over two days and expect to officially increase the percentage of containment, currently set at 20 percent.

Sarah Saarloos, AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is 20 percent contained and is estimated to cover 900 acres. Fire managers expect to see the containment level of the fire increase today.

Around 80 people are fighting the fire on the ground and in the air.  Although fire activity has been limited, firefighters continue to address fire along the perimeter’s edge with some occasional spot fires. Minimal fire growth is expected over the next several days as the predicted cloud cover will help to moderate fire activity.

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is 20 percent contained and is estimated to cover 900 acres.  Around 80 people are fighting the fire.

A Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect for the Caribou Lake area.

Drivers out East End should be aware that Forestry is using a gravel lot on Basargin Road. Signs and flags are on the road near the staging area.
A new map of the fire is expected to be complete today, Monday.

AK Division of Forestry

Today, Alaska Division of Forestry responded to a fire in Bear Cove, about 18 miles northeast of Homer, toward the head of Kachemak Bay. It was a 30x30 area building platform on private property. When Forestry responded they found eight locals, on scene, suppressing the fire. The fire in Bear Cove is out.

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is 20 percent contained and is estimated to cover 900 acres.

A Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect for the Caribou Lake area.
Two more crews arrived yesterday bringing the number of firefighters to around 80 people fighting the Caribou Lake Fire. The majority the heat of the fire is on the north flank.

The North Fork Fire, 6 miles northwest of Homer, is now 100 percent contained at 59 acres.
The Alaska Division of Forestry has lifted the READY alert status for the Diamond Ridge/North Fork area. 

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is 20 percent contained and is estimated at 848 acres. Fire suppression efforts will continue today. Drought conditions are challenging firefighting efforts as it means that the fire is burning deep into the ground without hitting any water. Two more crews are arriving today bringing the number of firefighters to between 80 and 90 people fighting the fire. There is a public meeting today, Saturday, on the status of all area fires at 3 p.m. at McNeil Canyon School – mile 12.5 East End Road.

AK Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry Public Information Officer Sarah Saarloos dropped in to KBBI to update information on the Caribou Lake and North Fork fires.

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is 20 percent contained and estimated at 848 acres.

There is a public meeting on the Caribou Lake Fire Saturday, August 24 at 3 p.m. at McNeil Canyon School located at mile 18 on East End Road. The meeting will be broadcast live on KBBI AM 890.

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire,  25 miles northeast of Homer, is at 20 percent containment and is estimated at 848 acres. Fire suppression efforts will continue today with firefighters on the ground, air support and mapping. The fire is moving north and is expected to increase in size, though not rapidly. 

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire is moving north.
The size is an estimated 800 acres but the Alaska Division of Forestry  expects the fire to grow, though not rapidly. There is still no reliable estimate for the size of the Caribou Lake Fire.
Poor visibility has made it difficult to map the fire.

The North Fork Fire is holding at 59 acres, no growth expected. Crews are working to put out hot spots inside the containment line. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke to Sarah Saarloos, Public Information Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry at 6 p.m. for this update:
 

AK Division of Forestry

The demand for resources at Caribou Lake Fire has grown and in response, AK Division of Forestry has decided that the Caribou Lake Fire will now be administered by the same team as the Swan Lake Fire according to Sarah Saarloos, Public Information Officer. Saarloos was based in Soldotna but is traveling to Homer today, Thursday, to set up an office. She spoke to KBBI this morning for this update on the Caribou Lake and North Fork fires. 

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Can you tell me anything about the Caribou Lake Fire?

AK Division of Forestry

East winds are expected to gust to 20 mph tonight which will effect fire suppression efforts on the Caribou Lake and North Fork fires. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke with Bob Cicciarella, Chief of Kachemak Emergency Services at 1:30 this afternoon for this update.

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AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire is now estimated at 700 acres with some structures threatened. The North Fork Fire did not grow overnight. It is still estimated at 59 acres.

A burn ban is now in effect for the Kenai Peninsula and air quality is poor. People with respiratory problems are advised to limit activity.

Click on the arrow below to listen to the report from the AK Division of Forestry. 

The Caribou Lake Fire was active on Tuesday spreading toward valuable assets as poor visibility limited aircraft support.

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