Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters are mopping up a blaze that burned several acres of grass, brush and dead trees in Nikolaevsk Monday.

Howie Kent is a Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry. Kent said the fire has not been officially extinguished and that dead trees in the area are still burning.

“Those heavy fuels are still burning and smoldering. So, we’re going in there today with a crew and some of the firefighters that initially attacked that fire yesterday to finish extinguishing the hot spots and the smoldering heavy fuels,” Kent explained.

The Alaska Division of Forestry

Editor's note: This story has been updated in another post.   

Updated: 10:59 p.m. 5/14/18

Firefighters responded to a brushfire in Nikolaevsk Monday afternoon.

The blaze was reported at about 4 p.m. Monday. At the scene, Anchor Point Fire Chief Al Terry said both the Division of Forestry and his department were already at the scene of another fire when the call came in.

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.

Fire Destroys Historic Clam Shell Lodge

Jan 9, 2017
Photo courtesy of Joseph Robertia

A Clam Gulch landmark is no more.

On Jan. 6, a fire tore through the historic Clam Shell Lodge on Sterling Highway.

Central Emergency Services Captain Terry Bookey says passersby reported the fire in the front section of the building just after 9:30 p.m on Friday.

Homer Boat Burns at Port and Harbor

Nov 4, 2016
Photo Courtesy of Homer Port and Harbor/Harbor officer Mike Lowe

A fishing vessel burned in the Homer Port and Harbor early Thursday morning, Nov. 4. Harbor Master, Bryan Hawkins says the vessel was a total loss.

“It was reported as an explosion and fire. It was aboard a 32-foot fiberglass commercial fishing vessel. It was called in by a private citizen. [A] Harbor officer also called it in shortly after 1 a.m., in fact the call was 1:03 a.m. The fire department responded very quickly as did other additional harbor staff,” said Hawkins.

Fire Crews Working Porcupine Island Fire

Jun 1, 2016
Jenny Neyman

A 3-acre fire on Porcupine Island in Kenai Lake, southeast of Cooper Landing, has been contained and is being monitored.  

The island is part of the Chugach National Forest. No one lives on the island, but there is a small campground. An information officer with the Forest Service said Wednesday that fire personnel created a saw line and deployed water hose Tuesday.

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.

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.