On Memorial Day, Monday, strong southerly winds pushed the Funny River Horse Trail fire north and East toward Skilak Lake, bringing the total acreage burned to 182,009, the second largest fire recorded on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Total personnel assigned to the fire ramped up to 670. Public Information Officer for the fire reports no lives lost and no valuable property destroyed, but does acknowledge loss of some abandoned huts or shacks on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Incident Commander Rob Allen has released the two Blackhawk helicopters assigned to the fire.
Early Tuesday morning rains have reduced fire activity. Officials have lifted all evacuation orders and road closures. National Weather Service forecasts rain all day Tuesday and showers on Wednesday for the fire area. Lower Skilak Lake campground remains closed.