Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Fire officials say while warmer, drier days are coming, the Swan Lake Fire is not expected to show any considerable change.
The Anchorage residents -- 28-year-old Luke George, 29-year-old Dorothy Hoople, and their Bernese Mountain Dog -- were on a weekend trip in Hatcher Pass.
Public Information Officer Tim Jones says winds could disperse some of the smoke that’s been hanging over the Kenai. That would benefit firefighting efforts in the air.
According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, the closure comes as the community remains remains on a level 2 "set" evacuation notice. That means residents should be ready and prepared to leave at any time.
Fires update: Firefighters make progress, residents on Sterling and Parks highways remain poised to evacuate
The Swan Lake Fire has grown to 160,033 acres.
The Caribou Lake Fire is threatening around 30 cabins near Homer. The blaze, 25 miles northeast of the city, grew to an estimated 700 acres on Wednesday.
Officials say some area pilots aren't abiding by the temporary flight restriction over the fire, and that could have major consequences.
Suppression efforts are focused on the southern section of the fire, to protect nearby communities. Fire crews have 50% of that portion of the fire contained.
Portage Glacier has receded a lot. And employees are seeing the changes first hand. What does that mean for a company whose business is based on this particular piece of snow and ice?
The Swan Lake fire has grown to 32,300 acres. The fire has been burning since early June in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This weekend, winds spread the fire within two miles of the Sterling Highway.
"We have a rapidly-growing senior population and this will continue into the 2020s."
Fires are still permitted in the forest, but the Forest Service is asking residents to be particularly careful.
Construction season is ramping up in Alaska. What kind of spending is expected in the industry this year?
Construction industry spending in Alaska is projected to increase by 10 percent this year compared to 2018.
The city announced Thursday that #1 plastic clamshells are no longer acceptable in curbside recycling.
Hikers in the Anchorage area are advised to use caution on the Turnagain Arm Trail, following multiple reports of a black bear displaying unusual behavior.
Claiming two first ascents, climbing group seeks to create more opportunities for women in the mountains
Last month, an all-female group of mountaineers flew high into the mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. After nine days, they claimed two first ascents of unnamed peaks.
Across the state, port cities are preparing to welcome a record number of passengers.
Earlier this week, the parks department announced the closure of Byers Lake Campground in Denali State Park, and South Rolly Campground in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area.