Wildfire Season Underway

Apr 29, 2021
Division of Forestry

Wildland fire season has arrived in Southcentral Alaska. An escaped lawn fire destroyed a storage shed on East End Road over the weekend.

Alaska Division of Forestry

    The National Weather Service has put into effect a ‘Red Flag Warning’ for the Western Kenai Peninsula on Saturday in anticipation of hot, dry and windy conditions.

    The warning is in effect from noon Saturday until 10 p.m.

    The forecast is calling for relative humidity to fall to around 25 percent, with high temperatures reaching the upper 70s, and north winds steady at 15, gusting to 30 mph.

Protect your home from wildfire

Jul 2, 2019
AK Division of Forestry

As smoke from the Swan Lake Fire near Sterling fills the air on the southern Kenai Peninsula, many homeowners and residents are thinking about fire danger and how to protect their homes and property from wildfire.

Robert Purcell, interim fire chief of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department said the fire danger in the area is high and climbing. As well, Purcell said, firefighting resources from the state Division of Forestry are heavily tapped right now, so another significant fire would be a real challenge to respond to.

Ninilchik wildfire threatens homes

Apr 27, 2019
Courtesy of the Alaska Division of Forestry

Updated: 11:50 a.m. 4/29/19

Firefighters and first responders evacuated homes off Bluff Road in Ninilchik Saturday afternoon as they responded to what was initially a small brush fire.

According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Department of Emergency Management and the Alaska Division of Forestry, a blaze was reported around 1:18 p.m., but winds shifted after firefighters arrived at the scene.

The flames began moving to the northeast toward homes in the area and Alaska State Troopers were able to evacuate at least two homes. 

Courtesy of Gail O'Neill

A small wildfire was reported Thursday evening around 9.5 mile on East End Road. Kachemak Emergency Services initially responded to the fire directly off Frontier Lane and the Homer Fire Department assisted.

The Alaska Division of Forestry also responded with an aerial supervision plane and an air tanker to drop retardant on the blaze.

Division of Forestry Wildland Resource Technician Nikos Kilcher was among those who responded.

Photo courtesy of the Alaska Division of Forestry

Tuesday a.m. update: The Seward Highway was restricted to one-lane traffic at 5 a.m. Tuesday, after the McHugh Creek Fire expanded toward the road.

Activity on the fire picked up Monday evening, with spot fires jumping the retardant line and spreading within 1.7 miles of the Rainbow Valley Subdivision to the north. The Anchorage Fire Department and Alaska Division of Forestry are evaluating potential evacuations of the Rainbow Valley Subdivision to the north and the Potter Creek Subdivision 2.5 miles to the south.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire was estimated at 200 acres, and Forestry has 100 personnel on scene, as well as fixed wing and helicopter support.

Original story:

Air tankers, helicopters and hotshot crews continue to try to contain a 60-acre wildfire burning near the McHugh Creek trailhead along Turnagain Arm near Anchorage.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Memorial day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in Alaska and with it comes increased wildfire activity. Tim Mowry with the Alaska Division of Forestry says it’s incredibly dry on the Kenai Peninsula and they’re finding holdover fires from last year and the year before.

“The Kenai, the northern Kenai especially, is still very dry. You know they’ve been finding holdover fires here the last few days. They found two or three holdover fires from the Card Street Fire and they even found one the other day from the Funny River Fire two years ago. That’s a sign things are pretty dry," said Mowry.

Kenai Peninsula Burn Permits Suspended

Apr 25, 2016
Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game


The Kenai Peninsula is under high fire danger. Poor snow and rainfalls have left the area dry and at risk. Plus a low pressure storm system in the Gulf of Alaska is sending high winds up to the Kenai. The State Division of Forestry is suspending people’s burn permits to reduce the threat. Howie Kent, a Fire Management Officer with the Division of Forestry spoke to KBBI’s Quinton Chandler about fire danger and necessary precautions.