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Cohoe

Cohoe, AKCohoe is located on the Kenai Peninsula on the west bank of the Kasilof River, thirteen miles south of the City of Kenai on the Sterling Highway at approximately 60.368030 degrees north latitude and 151.3086 degrees west longitude (Sec. 11, T003 N, R012W, Seward Meridian). The area encompasses 69.7 square miles of land and 2.9 square miles of water. According to 2004 State statistics, there are approximately 300 dwellings in the community occupied year round.

Cohoe, AKVictor Holm constructed a cabin in Cohoe in 1890. Holm sailed from Finland to Alaska to make his home. The cabin and many of Holm’s handmade items still remain, and the cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cohoe was originally an agricultural settlement where a post office was established in 1950.

There are several members of the Cohoe Firewise committee who were involved in the development of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan beginning in 2005. Four interested individuals from those work sessions continued to meet and gather interest for Firewise activities in Cohoe. In May 2005, an untended burn barrel caused a fire just off Cohoe Loop Road that quickly spread toward the Kasilof River. Leif and Judy Jenkinson had already started going door to door to meet neighbors and talk about Firewise practices. The Cohoe Loop fire increased awareness and brought many residents to the first Cohoe Firewise meeting June 4, 2006.

Cohoe, AKSince then, the committee has met monthly, attended community events, organized Firewise events, and kept the Firewise message alive by helping neighbors with slash removal. The 2008 goal of the Cohoe Firewise committee is to help 30 more homeowners in the neighborhood take steps toward becoming Firewise. Members of the committee and local fire department made Firewise and fire safety information available to students at the Tustumena Elementary School on May 1st, the day of their spring concert.