Alaska

17th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run to be held August 1

17th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run to be held August 1

  The Alaska SeaLife Center is hosting its 17th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run/Walk on Saturday, August 1. This fundraiser supports the rescue and rehabilitation mission of the Center’s Wildlife Response Program. The race route follows a generally flat course along the scenic Seward waterfront.  Pre-register at www.alaskasealife.org  Race Day Schedule Registration and check-in begins at 9:00 am. Walkers start […]

June 30, 2015 ·
Burn closure lifted for campfires and charcoal BBQ’s

Burn closure lifted for campfires and charcoal BBQ’s

THE STATE Department of Natural Resources DIVISION OF FORESTRY/DIRECTORS OFFICE RELEASE –  As of 0800 hours this morning June 30th 2015 the BURN CLOSURE for campfires and charcoal BBQ’s is being lifted.  The Burn Suspension for debris pile burning and burn barrels will remain in place until we receive significant precipitation.  

June 30, 2015 ·
Caring for Our Coast: Marine Debris Cleanup in Kenai Fjords National Park

Caring for Our Coast: Marine Debris Cleanup in Kenai Fjords National Park

Have you seen large white bags on Kenai Fjords National Park’s remote outer coast?  These bags contain 2.66 tons (5,320 pounds) of marine debris.  The bags were a collection effort made possible through a partnership with Alaska SeaLife Center, Kenai Fjords National Park, Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center, Port Graham Corporation, and Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance.  The bags will […]

June 29, 2015 ·
Reminder: Kenai Peninsula Burn Closure still in Effect

Reminder: Kenai Peninsula Burn Closure still in Effect

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Release – June 26, 2015 – Soldotna, Alaska – The Burn Closure activated earlier this month is still in effect.  This means that there is No Open Burning allowed. This includes campfires, warming fires, signal fires, burn barrels and charcoal fires.  A gas or electric BBQ grill or fish smoker is permissible. Also, fire officials want […]

June 26, 2015 ·
Eastern portion of Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area now open

Eastern portion of Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area now open

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge News Release – June 25, 2015 – Effective at noon today, Thursday June 25, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the following campgrounds within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area: Hidden Lake Campground Upper Skilak Campground Engineer Lake Campground Lower Ohmer Campground Jean Lake Campground Kelly Lake Campground Peterson Lake […]

June 26, 2015 ·

Earthquake with 5.8 magnitude felt in Seward

At 2:32PM, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska and was centered in Willow. No local damage is reported.

June 24, 2015 ·

Firefighter sustains minor injuries following bear encounter

Chugach National Forest News Release – Firefighter sustains minor injuries following bear encounter   Cooper Landing – On Monday evening, June 22, a firefighter working on the Juneau Lake Fire in Chugach National Forest encountered a bear and sustained minor injuries. Due to the remote location of the encounter, the most direct transport was a life med helicopter which airlifted […]

June 23, 2015 ·
Burn closure still in effect throughout Alaska

Burn closure still in effect throughout Alaska

Department of Natural Resources News Release – (Fairbanks, AK) – Despite a burn closure that is in effect for pretty much the entire state, Division of Forestry firefighters continue to chase down reports of campfires, debris burns and other activities currently prohibited due to the high fire danger that persists throughout Alaska. There were 152 new fires reported in Alaska […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Herman Leirer Road Community Weed Pull

Herman Leirer Road Community Weed Pull

The annual Herman Leirer Road community weed pull is scheduled for this Friday, June 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. What to Bring: Wear bright colors.  Bring protective gloves, lunch, and WATER. Where to Meet: Herman Leirer Road mile 6.5 at the Resurrection River Trailhead Come out and help keep your public lands free of invasive weeds! Questions?  Contact […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Tourists walk down Port Avenue towards the cruise ship.

Seward’s Port Avenue corner needs maps and signage

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The hundreds of visitors arriving on the Alaska Railroad passenger train to Seward every morning, and passing through town for the day while waiting to get on their cruise ship, or catch the evening return train, are often confused about where to go, and what to see or do.  Unlike other Alaska communities with cruise […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Reinforcements Arrive at Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires as Weather Slackens

Reinforcements Arrive at Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires as Weather Slackens

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Even though the incoming, fire-management team only arrived on scene in Cooper Landing at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, it had begun working the fire much earlier according to new incident commander Brian Goff. Oregon Interagency Management Team 4, a group of nine experienced professionals, had received briefings while in Anchorage and had started to […]

June 20, 2015 ·

Kenai Peninsula Borough Fireworks Suspension

Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office Release – The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office has expanded the localities to be included in the immediate suspension on fireworks in accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 50.025 Fire Code. In cooperation with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Division of Forestry the suspension will include the sale and use of all fireworks and […]

June 19, 2015 ·
Afternoon winds flare up Stetson Creek wildfire

Afternoon winds flare up Stetson Creek wildfire

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — After skulking quietly all night and into the morning because of lower temperature and higher humidity, the Stetson Creek fire flared under press of wind starting about four in the afternoon Thursday. Two, water scooping/dropping aircraft (tail numbers 42 and 52) led by their spotter plane arrived on scene within minutes and began their repetitive […]

June 19, 2015 ·
Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires Remain Uncontained, Acreage Totals in Doubt

Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires Remain Uncontained, Acreage Totals in Doubt

In a sharp downward revision of the estimate of burned acres, the US Forest Service now reports that slightly over 300 acres have burned on Stetson Creek fire up through Wednesday afternoon.  On the Juneau Lake fire, the FS reports about 100 burned acres up through the same time period. Both fires remain uncontained and continue to burn on Thursday, June 18. The FS plans another mapping […]

June 18, 2015 ·
Fires Near Cooper Landing Grow; Reinforcements Slow to Arrive

Fires Near Cooper Landing Grow; Reinforcements Slow to Arrive

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — As the smoke of three wildfires lent unsettling tang to the air in Cooper Landing, structural firefighters filled portable water tanks near businesses along the Sterling Highway while small crews of wildland fire fighters attacked two blazes ignited yesterday. Public affairs specialist for the Chugach National Forest, Mona Spargo said that as of about […]

June 18, 2015 ·
Burn closure for Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Burn closure for Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – ALL BURNING IS PROHIBITED  (Anchorages, AK) – Past and prevailing weather conditions have caused extremely dry conditions for the Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.  The Alaska Division of Forestry and the State Forester determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities which […]

June 17, 2015 ·
Moose family enjoys Bear Lake neighborhood

Moose family enjoys Bear Lake neighborhood

Bear Lake Lodgings B&B visitors took these nice wildlife photographs of a mother moose and her two young calves.

June 17, 2015 ·
Lightning Ignites Two New Fires Near Cooper Landing, US Forest Service Scrambles for Resources

Lightning Ignites Two New Fires Near Cooper Landing, US Forest Service Scrambles for Resources

  By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Despite the ban on open burning, lightning bolts ignited two new fires yesterday near Cooper Landing. With crews and other resources already deployed to the Card Street and Sockeye fires and with high temperatures and low humidity in the forecast, these latest fires come at a particularly bad time. According to Mona Spargo, […]

June 17, 2015 ·

How you can help with the current fire situation

Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office Release – With the current wild land fire situation, many Alaskan’s want to know how they can help. With resources being stretched thin, the best thing we can do is not put ourselves into situations that require the intervention of emergency services. Many of the state’s emergency personnel are trained in several disciplines, including wildland […]

June 17, 2015 ·
Update on resources and structures lost in Sterling wildfire

Update on resources and structures lost in Sterling wildfire

From the KPB Office of Emergency Management – Forestry provided the following update: Approximately 1200 acres have burned. Three helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft and 50 crew are assigned to the fire. Air attack and retardant will resume this morning. Five hot shot crews are arriving late afternoon today and the Type 2 team is expected tomorrow. Six structures […]

June 16, 2015 ·
Wildland fire on Kenai Peninsula threatens hundreds of homes

Wildland fire on Kenai Peninsula threatens hundreds of homes

  Alaska Department of Natural Resources News Release – June  15,  2015  -­‐  7:45  p.m. (Fairbanks,  AK)  –An  explosive  wildland  fire  on  the  Kenai  Peninsula  forced  the  evacuation  of  hundreds  of  homes   and  burned  at  least  six  structures on Monday. The  640-­‐acre  Card  Street  Fire  was  reported  as  a  1-­‐acre  fire  by  Alaska  State  Troopers  at  1:52  p.m.  near  the   community […]

June 15, 2015 ·

Kenai Peninsula Wildfire along Sterling Hwy Milepost 76-77

Reported from Alaska 511, the Sterling highway from Milepost 76-77 is open to traffic, but use caution when traveling. Emergency Vehicles are on the road. The Peninsula Clarion reports of the fire spreading in Sterling. Read more here: http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-06-15/fire-spreads-in-sterling.  

June 15, 2015 ·
Open Burning Suspended on the Kenai Peninsula

Open Burning Suspended on the Kenai Peninsula

  Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – Soldotna, AK – The Alaska Division of Forestry, Kenai-Kodiak Area Office has issued a burn permit suspension for the Kenai Peninsula due to warm, dry weather conditions. The suspension includes the burning of debris and burning in burn barrels, as outlined in the burn permits provided at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn. Campfires are allowed […]

June 15, 2015 ·
It’s the very definition of cool

It’s the very definition of cool

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Is anything better than paddle boarding around a glacier? Liquid Adventures, which was housed at The Barn at Lowell Point for the past 12 years, now has a new, more centrally located office at the “Train Rec” in the Seward Small Boat Harbor. The company  was recently purchased by Exit Glacier Guides owners Ryan Fisher and Brendan […]

June 11, 2015 ·
National Heritage Area Group Installs New Sign

National Heritage Area Group Installs New Sign

Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm “Discover the Story” sign was installed recently at MP 12.3 at the Snow River pull-out on the Seward Highway just in time to welcome directors of other National Heritage Areas from around the nation who visited Seward during a regional conference. The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area is becoming more widely known and a source of pride […]

June 8, 2015 ·
Coal Ship Double Progress loads up in Seward's Resurrection Bay.  The first coal ship of the year. Heidi Zemach photo.

First coal ship signals slow season ahead as U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Since its arrival on Saturday, M/V Double Progress, the first coal ship to dock at Seward’s Alaska Railroad Terminal since last November, has been loading 72,000 metric tons of coal, bound for Japan. Aurora Energy Services, LLC says it will receive between two and four coal ships this year, or more if Usibelli Coal’s […]

June 8, 2015 ·