Mueller: “The Sterling Fuel Break is designed to provide a defensive space for wildfire management between the refuge and the wildlands outside of the urban area and provide a protective space that allows fire crews to respond to wildfires and protect the Sterling area.” In 2014, the fuel break near Funny River saved nearby homes from the 200,000 acre blaze roaring through the Kenai Peninsula. The Division of Forestry says their next area of concern is Sterling, which has been threatened by major wildfires in both 2014 and 2015. The Division says the eight-month contract will likely be awarded during the third week of September, but the work is only expected to take five to six weeks. KPB Land Management Officer, Marcus Mueller… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Division of Forestry is just weeks away from naming the contractor who will thin nearly 9 miles of black spruce in Sterling, creating a fuel break for future wildfires. Six separate Alaskan agencies are coming together to carve out a space in the forest, including the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Wildlife Conservation, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Chugachmiut Corporation and Cook Inlet Regional Incorporated.