Kale Casey with the State Division of Forestry: “The southwest corner of the fire, which burned off a couple days ago and created that heavy smoke, that held yesterday during those winds. That is the best news we have for the community of Sterling is that corner is holding.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire has grown and is now estimated at roughly 22,847 acres as of Friday with 291 personnel. The primary growth has been towards the eastern flanks. Casey: “During the early morning hours today the Sterling Highway was impacted by heavy fog from the marine layer and heavy thick smoke from the black spruce stand burning east of Mystery Creek Road. Law Enforcement temporarily closed the highway between mileposts 63-70 after a minor vehicle accident and utilized pilot cars as soon as the road conditions improved. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to be patient and drive cautiously while traversing the Sterling Highway.” Hotshot crews from the Lower 48 are working today to aggressively establish control lines with the highest probability of success, according to Casey. Crews are working to establish and connect fire lines in the Mystery Creek Road area as the fire continues to burn through the thick black spruce stands in a southeasterly direction. Fog and heavy Smoke Caused delays on Sterling Highway early this morning near Mystery Creek Road. The eastern flank of the fire east of Mystery Creek Road continued to move east in a long narrow finger and is now approximately 4 miles from the Sterling Highway. An air quality advisory has been issued until Monday, June 24 for southcentral Alaska for smoke conditions related to current fire operations. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory or heart disease problems to avoid smoke impacted areas.