Crews Working to Contain Wildfire

Anchorage, AK-- A wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula is expanding Wednesday but fire crews are using controlled burns to create firebreaks and protect a major highway.

The fire has grown to spread 63 square miles and has remained north of Sterling Highway.

Officials have closed the campgrounds, trails and cabins in the Kenai Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge.

Fire crews worked last week to create a buffer to keep the fire from reaching the nearby community of Sterling.

The Alaska Incident Management Team says 511 people are working on the fire and have it 10% contained. The ream will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, June 26th, at the Sterling Community Center at 6 p.m. All residents are invited to attend and ask questions about the fire and learn what steps are being taken to protect the community's infrastructure. 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough also encourages residents to sign up for KPB Alerts which will notify the community of any updates. To sign up for the alert system, text "KPB" to 99411 in order to receive a link to register your mobile device. 

Drivers can expect traffic delays today as fire operations continue. 

The fire started June 5th when lightning struck.

 

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