Caribou Lake Fire Northeast of Homer Reaches 900 Acres

first_imgContinued updates will be posted as they are made available. Residents are still asked not access the area by ATVs for their safety as local traffic in this area will impede fire operations. Air operations cannot fly when civilians are in the affected area.Kent: “We had some east winds that challenged the west perimeter of the fire. We are expecting the same challenges today with the winds coming from the east.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Original Post: 10:00am:The Caribou Lake Fire was reported Monday. It is 23 miles northeast of Homer. The now 900 acre fire is a little over a mile to the northwest of Caribou Lake and is burning in the area of the 2007 Caribou Hills Fire. Howie Kent with the Division of Forestry: “That fire gained around 200 acres yesterday for a total of 900 acres, we’ve got about 20% containment. We expect a containment date in early September of the 1-4, somewhere in there.” Smoke jumpers were deployed to work on protecting nearly 30 structures threatened by the fire, authorities said. Aircraft were assisting firefighters on the ground with water and fire retardant drops. Kent: “We utilized four heavy air tankers, two fire boses, and other aviation assets to help keep that fire in check yesterday. We currently have 37 people on that fire which includes 8 smokejumpers, 20 hotshots, and 7 personnel from Kachemak Emergency Services, and 2 dozers helping from the local area.” last_img read more