Use and Effectiveness of Fuel Treatments During the 2014 Funny River Fire, Alaska
Media Type: Presentation
Distribution Contact(s):
  • Alaska Fire Science Consortium
Date: October 9, 2014

Cataloging Information

  • fuel break
  • fuel treatment
  • Funny River Fire
  • masticated fuel treatments
  • mastication
  • shaded fuelbreaks
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Record Last Modified: August 30, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 58540


The Funny River Fire (AK-KKS-403140) was ignited by humans on May 19, 2014, and burned almost 200,000 acres on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, by early June. Most of the fire was within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, but it threatened adjacent communities. Four recreational cabins and two outbuildings were burned, but many more structures would have been lost were it not for two fuelbreaks, one shaded and one masticated, located on what became the northern perimeter of the fire just south of the Funny River community. The purpose of this report is to document the effectiveness of the fuels treatments in the Funny River Fire and provide discussion and recommendations that could aid fire managers in future fuel treatment planning efforts.

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