Alaska Brush Fires Burn for 4 Days

ANCHOR POINT, Alaska - Friday June 15th, Alaska State Forestry received a call from the Anchor Point Fire Chief of a 2 acre fire in Anchor Point off of North Fork Road. Forestry dispatched 2 initial attack engines from Homer, 1 initial attack engine from Soldotna and Heli-tac. Anchor Point VFD responded with a brush truck, pumper, tanker and medic unit. Homer VFD responded with a water tanker.

The incident commander ordered a retardant drop and a spotter aircraft from Palmer. In addition to the local helicopter, one light duty helo from Homer and Mat-su's medium duty Heli-tac ship and crew were requested.

Fire size increased to 10 acres and then 12 acres. Firefighters established a saw line and a hose lay around the fire perimeter, with structure protection in place around three residences and some campers at the head of the fire.<

The Gannett Glacier hand crew was dispatched to the fire. The crew and initial attack squad will remain on the fire for approximately 3-4 days, dousing hotspots and clearing burned timber.