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Aug 31 2015
Turnovers Fuel Kardinals' Win Over Bears
Monday, 31 August 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak Bears faced a strong Kenai defense in an early Saturday game, and gave up the ball five times, leading directly to three scores by the Kardinals.

Kenai downed Kodiak at Joe Floyd Field 46-18 for their first win of the season.

The Bears are now 2-and-1 over all, and 1-and-1 in the Northern Lights Conference. They will host the powerhouse Soldotna Stars next week. 

Meanwhile Kodiak's runners were on the mainland at the Bartlett Invite. The Bears were led by junior Keith Osowski, who placed fifth with a time of 16 minutes, 18.7 seconds. Overall, Kodiak had four runners in the top 22.

Michael Parnell was 10th, Jack Hannah was 12th and Richie McKinney was 22nd, all of them within a minute of Osowski.

West Anchorage won the meet with 73 points, followed by South Anchorage with 107, Kodiak's 109, Chugiak's 141, and Service's 158, which was good for fifth.

The Kodiak girls were 8th, led by Zoe Bigley in 18th, with a time of 20 minutes 19 seconds.

Chugiak won the meet with 64 points, followed by West, Colony, Kenai and Service. Kodiak had 227 points. 
 
Aug 28 2015
Chiniak Wildfire Takes One Home, Library
Friday, 28 August 2015
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Active hot spots on Leisnoi property spotted in Chiniak during an overflight Friday morning. Photo by Kodiak Fire Chief Mullican 
 
 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The wind-whipped wildfire that threatened Chiniak on Kodiak Island may not turn out to be the community-wide disaster it appeared it might become when officials ordered the evacuation of all residents Thursday night. 

Many Kodiak residents were up all night watching flames leap from the Chiniak area, worried about friends and relatives, but this morning when Kodiak Fire Chief Jim Mullican made an overflight of the community this morning and was surprised at what he saw.

“Very surprising compared to some of the pictures that were out on the internet and such of that huge wall of flame we could see from Deadman's,” he said. “There obviously are some burned areas out there but it's not the devastation you would think. It surprised me.”

One home and the Chiniak Library were burned to the ground, and other homes and structures were visibly damaged

“The loss of property, personal property doesn't appear to be substantial,” Mullican said. “There are people who lost their home, absolutely, and my heart goes out to them. But overall, we really lucked out, because this was setting up to be a very bad thing.”

The Chiniak K-8 School, on the same street as the library, was not damaged.

As of 2 p.m. the blaze had settled down enough that Chiniak residents were being allowed back into their homes, though the road is still closed to non-residents at the Roslyn Beach Bridge. 

Mullican said he saw numerous hot spots in the area when he overflew the area, but only two of them were actively burning.

“One of them was out at Seaquell Point, and it was actually burning out toward the ocean itself, and it was really close to the point, so basically the wind was pushing it off into the ocean area. And another area a little bit further back up in the hills, it was burning really good, but it wasn't moving anywhere. There doesn't seem to be any drive.”

Kodiak Emergency Operations spokeswoman Nova Javier said three Alaska Division of Forestry aircraft and 15 smoke jumpers are in Kodiak to lead the effort in stamping out the fire, and 50 more firefighters are available if the blaze flares back up. 

The Forestry planes were delayed by dry west winds gusting to 65 mph, which whipped up volcanic ash from the Valley of 10,000 Smokes on the Alaska Peninsula. The ash-laden wind grounded several commercial air flights to Kodiak Thursday night and this morning.

National Weather Service forecaster Cameron Betts in Kodiak said maximum sustained winds last night reached 50 mph, with the highest gust to 65 mph. The winds drove the flames several hundreds of feet into the air, and were clearly visible in Kodiak City, 10-miles across Chiniak Bay.

Betts says he expects a brief lull in the wind and a bit of rain starting Saturday morning, but a return to windy, drier, conditions next week.
 
“Roughly right around, I would say, 4- 5- o'clock in the morning it should start raining. But by afternoon it should break up into more showers than steady rainfall,” Betts said. “So we're going to get a decent amount. It will be measurable, but I don't think it'll be enough to where it'll help out with that fire any.”

There is no immediate cause identified as the start of the fire, estimated to have covered over 2,000 acres, but it may have been a powerline or transformer damaged by the winds. Kodiak Electric Association CEO Darron Scott said that reports of outages in the Chiniak area began coming in just before the fire around 9 p.m. 

Kodiak City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski, who serves as the joint city-borough emergency management coordinator, said no injuries were reported and everyone from Chiniak appears accounted for.

The evacuation watch for residents of nearby Pasagshak was lifted Friday afternoon. 
 
(this story was updated to reflect that only one home was lost.) 
 
Aug 28 2015
Strong, Dry Winds Contributing to Fire Activity
Friday, 28 August 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT

The Chiniak fire has been spared the K-8 school, but the Chiniak Fire has claimed the nearby library and three homes.

Extremely dry and windy conditions have fanned the flames and made air travel and firefighting from the air difficult.

Ash from the Katmai-Novarupta volcanic explosion over 100 years ago, just across the Shelikof Strait caused the cancellation of several Alaska and Ravn flights last night and this morning. Cameron Bets, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Kodiak, said maximum sustained winds last night reached 50 mph, with the highest gust to 65 mph.

He expects a brief lull in the wind and a bit of rain starting tomorrow morning, but a return to windy dry conditions next week.

“Roughly right around 4-5 o'clock in the morning it should start raining. Should get a decent amount. But by afternoon and into the evening it should break up into more showers than a steady rainfall,” he said. “We going get a decent amount, it should be measurable, but I don't think it'll be enough to where it'll help out with that fire any.”

The fire, estimated to be over 2,000 acres in size, started around 9 o'clock Thursday night, possibly because of a downed powerline or exploding transformer caused by the high winds. Darron Scott of Kodiak Electric Association said that reports of outages in the Chiniak area began coming in before 9 p.m., though there were no reports of downed powerlines. The power is still out past the Chiniak post office.

Kodiak City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski, who serves as the joint city-borough emergency management coordinator, said Chiniak residents past Roslyn Beach were evacuated last night, and the road at that point remains closed. No injuries have been reported

Residents of the nearby community of Pasagshak have been warned to prepare for evacuation in event the winds change. 

This is a developing story, and we'll update it as more information becomes available. 
 
Aug 28 2015
Chiniak Fire Claims Library, Spares School
Friday, 28 August 2015
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Flames from the Chiniak Fire could be seen reaching hundreds of feet into the air from 10  miles away in downtown Kodiak. Pam Foreman/KMXT photo
 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A growing, wind-whipped wildfire continues to burn out of control in Chiniak.

As of 10 this morning officials reported that while the Chiniak library has burnt down, the nearby Chiniak K-8 School survived.

The blaze began sometime around 9 last (Thursday) night, and may have been sparked by downed powerlines. Darron Scott of Kodiak Electric Association said that reports of outages in the Chiniak area began coming in before 9 p.m., though there were no reports of downed powerlines. The power is still out past the Chiniak post office.

All night flames of the rapidly growing fire were clearly visible from Kodiak City, 10 miles across Chiniak Bay. Kodiak City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski, who serves as the joint city-borough emergency management coordinator, said winds gusting to 60 mph caused the fire to quickly grow, forcing evacuation of the small community. 

“We don't know where the fires at. We don't know how big it is. At about 4:30 this morning it was about 2,000 acres,” she said on the KMXT Morning News. “And that was just an unprofessional estimate, so we expect that it's even larger than that now.”

She said the U.S. Coast Guard was planning to send a helicopter to the scene to make an aerial survey of the area burned. 

Air travel to, from, and around Kodiak has been hampered by the strong westerly winds, which whipped up ash from the Katmai-Novarupta volcanic explostion over 100 years ago, just across the Shelikof Strait. Numerous commercial airline flights were canceled yesterday evening and so far this morning.

“We were concerned about the ash in the air that was why when we contacted the state operations folks requesting assistance, they knew they couldn't send any firefighters or anybody out,” Kniaziowski said. “At least certainly last night because of the ash and so forth.”

Several school buses were sent to Chiniak last night  to help evacuate residents. A few were brought to the Kodiak Middle School and spent the night. Kniaziowski said many others checked in and nobody is reported missing.

“We're not too concerned about any one individual. It looks like most people have accounted for. At last count it looks as many as 75 people have reported in and at the shelter,” she said. “We only had a couple at the shelter at the middle school.”)

Kodiak Fire Chief Jim Mullican told KMXT's Pam Foreman before 6 a.m. that people are not being allowed past a certain point.

“We have a roadblock set up at Roslyn Beach. Residents will not be allowed beyond that point,” Mullican said. “We are encouraging residents to not even to go out to that area. The fire is still burning and is still out of control.”

Residents of the nearby community of Pasagshak have been warned to prepare for evacuation in event the winds change. The forecast calls for westerly winds calming a bit today, but still gusting to 40 mph. A small chance of rain is in tonight's forecast, with a slightly greater chance Saturday.

This is a developing story, and we'll update it as more information becomes available. 
 
Aug 28 2015
Towering Flames Light Sky as Chiniak Burns
Friday, 28 August 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT 
A wildfire broke out around 9:30 last night in Chiniak, about 40 road miles from Kodiak, but just 10 across Chiniak Bay. Flames were clearly visible across the bay all night. Strong winds gusting to 60 mph caused the fire to quickly grow, forcing evacuation of the small community.

The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center, a joint city-borough partnership, was activated, and fire trucks from all area departments responded. Several school buses were also sent to Chiniak to help evacuate residents. Many were brought to the Kodiak Middle School for the night.

Kodiak Fire Department Chief Jim Mullican said people are not being allowed past Roslyn Beach.

“We have a roadblock set up at Roslyn Beach. Residents will not be allowed beyond that point. We are encouraging residents to not even to go out to that area. The fire is still burning and is still out of control.

He said the fire has moved into the hills and has put Pasagshak residents on evacuation alert because of unpredictable winds.

Mullican said officials are waiting for daylight to assess the extent of the fire and the damage caused.

“Homes that have been impacted, we're getting sporadic reports, so we don't want to alarm people at this point in time until we get eyes-on," he said. "We don't want to go down the road of what may have been damaged or what's not damaged.

The Chiniak Library has been confirmed destroyed, and though the Chiniak School is on King Crab Way as well, there's no confirmation that it was destroyed, but the police department said last night that the whole area had been engulfed.

This is a developing story, and we'll update it as more information becomes available. 
 
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