Community meeting for Caribou Lake Fire to be held Saturday

Ground crews, aircraft continue work to contain the blaze

Firefighters on the ground continue their work to suppress the Caribou Lake Fire burning 25 miles northeast of Homer while being supported from above by water-dropping aircraft.

The Great Basin Incident Management Team 1, which took over administration of the fire on Friday morning and is also responsible for managing the Swan Lake Fire near Sterling, posted in an online update Friday evening that clear skies on Thursday allowed additional equipment and supplies to be transported to firefighters on the ground via helicopter.

The water-dropping planes, called Fire Bosses, continued to support ground efforts on Friday.

“All of the firefighting efforts place firefighter and public safety as the highest priority, while protecting the nearby community of Caribou Lakes Subdivision,” the online update reads.

The goal for the Caribou Lake Fire is full, 100% containment. The incident overview of this fire, listed on InciWeb, or Incident Information System, estimates full containment will be reaching by Sept. 4.

Area residents can expect sunny skies on Saturday, according to a weather report included in the incident overview. Winds will be around 5 miles per hour and blowing to the northeast at first, then to the south.

There are no road closures or evacuation alerts associated with the Caribou Lake Fire and no temporary flight restrictions in the airspace over the area.

Fire officials will hold a community meeting at 3 p.m. Saturday at McNeil Canyon School, located at 52188 East End Road, to brief the public on the status of the fire.

The cause of the Caribou Lake Fire is still undetermined.

For more information, check the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at 907-356-5511 or visit Additional updates on the Caribou Lake Fire will be posted on InciWeb at

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