Kachemak Emergency Services

AK Division of Forestry

Wildfire season is underway, and on this edition of the Coffee Table you'll hear tips and strategies for prevention and preparedness from from Howard Kent from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources,  Chief Mark Kirko of Homer Fire and EMS
Chief Jon Marsh from  Anchor Point VFD and
Chief Bob Cicciarella of Kachemak Emergency Service Area.



The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is estimated to be 94% contained at 870 acres. The Alaska Department of Forestry expects to call the fire 100% contained soon.

Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella, spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson today at noon for this update.


Chief Bob Cicciarella, from Kachemak Emergency Services, can you give an update on what's happening out at Caribou Lake?

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.

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

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.


Carey Restino

Update at 9:00 a.m. Monday:
Click on the audio below for an update from Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella. 
Howie Kent, Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry said that no cause has been determined for the fire as yet. The North Fork fire is now estimated at 10 to 12 acres. 21 personnel are working on the fire. 2 Bulldozers have been ordered to work this morning and their helicopters come on shift at 10 this morning. Kent says that forestry's goal is to have the fire contained by Monday afternoon.


Keeping the community ready to respond to emergencies means training and keeping local volunteers. EMT training and firefighter training starts next month at The Homer Volunteer Fire Department and at The Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department. Kachemak Emergency Services, east of Homer, will begin their training in January of 2020. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke with local trainers, EMTs and first responders for this story.

Kachemak Emergency Services-Travis Ogden

A large home explosion in the Homer area that sent debris flying across the Sterling Highway and beyond  in late December was likely a natural gas explosion, according to authorities. No one was home at the time of the explosion and there were no reports of injuries.

Kachemak Emergency Services is leading the investigation, which is still ongoing, but Chief Bob Cicciarella said a gas leak inside the home appears to have been the cause of the blast.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Updated: 2:52 p.m. Dec. 28, 2018 

A home explosion closed the Sterling Highway Thursday evening near mile 166 just north of Diamond Ridge Road. The Sterling Highway remained closed until the early morning hours Friday, blocking access to and from Homer.

The blast shook the rural neighborhood shortly after 10:00 p.m. and sent debris flying hundreds of feet away. Several area residents and drivers reported the explosion and debris on the road shortly after.

Photo courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services responded to a house fire in Homer early Friday morning.

The Homer Fire Department was notified of the fire off East Danview Avenue at about 5:23 a.m. According to Homer Fire Chief Terry Kadel, the blaze was likely caused by a citronella candle burning on the front porch of the home.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Late last month, firefighters stomped out three fires in just a couple of days. Two of those blazes burned mostly grass and trees, but one burned a cabin and everything inside to the ground. Alonzo Lang rented the cabin on his friend’s property. Now, he’s rebuilding both his own life and his 4-year-old daughter’s. But he’s not doing it alone.

Lang is feeding his two pet pigs.

Kachemak City medic responds to Vegas shooting

Oct 19, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

More than two weeks after the deadly shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead, including two Alaskans, victims are still being treated, but Alaskans also responded to the shooting. Travis Ogden is a firefighter and a medic with Kachemak Emergency Services, which serves the area just northeast of Homer. Ogden was one of more than 180 Red Cross responders that helped treat victims after shooter Stephen Paddock fired hundreds of rounds into the crowded Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

Homer-area emergency services put to the test

Aug 21, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Emergency responders from around the Homer area responded to a worst-case scenario Saturday, a fake bomb threat on a plane, followed by a live mock crash at the Homer Airport. The drill, organized by state officials and local authorities, not only allowed the city to test its disaster response plan, but it also maintained certifications that allow Homer to provide vital emergency services.

“Without this exercise every three years, we’re not in compliance with our firefighting program for FAA,” said Kevin Jones, manager of Homer’s airport.

Photos Contribute to Fire Investigation

Sep 22, 2015
Image Courtesy of Kachemak Emergency Services

Photos can be a valuable resource for fire departments investigating the cause of fires. Kachemak Emergency Services responded to a house fire Saturday, August 29th and Fire Chief Bob Cicciarella says pictures taken by a member of the public are contributing to the investigation. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.