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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AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is estimated to be 85% contained. The footprint of the fire remains at 904 acres. Forestry expects the fire to be 100% contained by September 4. 73 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. And to be advised that Forestry is using the gravel lot on Basargin Road as a staging area.
A Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect for the Caribou Lake area. The TFR does include a restriction on drones.

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is now estimated to be 85% contained. The footprint of the fire remains at 904 acres. Alaska Division of Forestry projects that the fire will be 100% contained by September 4. 73 people are fighting the fire on the ground and in the air.

The Forestry is asking hunters in Caribou Lake to please stay away from the fire area. And to be advised that they are using the gravel lot on Basargin Road as a staging area.

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire is still 57% contained. The footprint of the fire is estimated at 904 acres. Forestry officials project that the fire will be 100% contained by the end of next week. Around 80 people are fighting the fire on the ground and in the air.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved two emergency measures in a  special meeting Thursday afternoon in response to the ongoing fires across the peninsula. A resolution declaring a local disaster and an ordinance appropriating $200,000 toward response efforts. Both passed unanimously.

KBBI

When the Homer City Council starts to wrestle with an issue, candidate Storm Hansen-Cavasos says she’s ready to go to the mat.
KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson has this profile of Hansen-Cavasos.

Two seats on the Homer City Council are in contention for the October 1, 2019 municipal election. The seats are currently held by Tom Stroozas and Shelly Erickson. Both have filed for reelection. There are two new candidates for city council, Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos. 
 

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is now 57 percent contained. The footprint of the fire is estimated at 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.

AK Division of Forestry

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 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.

KBBI

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.

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