Alaska News

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Follow Up: Crews contain Anchorage wildfire that spread from burning home

After rescuing a woman trapped on a deck, firefighters extinguished a wildland blaze on Anchorage’s Hillside overnight that started as a structure fire and spread into surrounding brush and trees amid windy and warm weather. Aided with a helicopter dropping buckets of water on the flames, crews had the fire on Zircon Circle fully contained by about 1 a.m. Monday, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. One person was reported as injured and transported to a local hospital, though they were treated and released within hours, according to the Anchorage Fire Department. The quick work kept the fire to less than one acre, but further spread could’ve had much more severe impacts for residents of Alaska’s largest city living nearby in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains.
Alaska Public Media

Monday, May 23, 2022

Residential fire breaks out in South Anchorage

Crews from the Anchorage Fire Department say they are battling flames of a residential fire in the Goldenview and Rabbit Creek area. According to an alert from the Anchorage Police Department, the fire started late Sunday evening on the south side of town, with police asking the public to stay away from the area so that resources to combat the fire could be taken up to it without interruption. “Any citizens remaining in the area are hampering their efforts,” police wrote. Anchorage Fire Deputy Assistant Chief Alex Boyd said over the phone that one structure was “heavily involved,” but at last check, crews had made progress in bringing it under control. Division of Forestry and wildland firefighters were also in the area, Boyd said, addressing several spot fires in the wooded area around the home.
KTUU-TV NBC 2 Anchorage

All Elks Road Fire (#116) near Sutton limited to 5 acres with Gannett Glacier mopping up today

The All Elks Road fire has been called contained and Gannett Glacier Fire Crew is breaking down and backhauling hose lays and other gear. The All Elks Road Fire (#116) near Sutton was limited to approximately five acres yesterday afternoon with mop up continuing today. Local responding volunteer fire departments coordinated the initial attack involving DOF’s Palmer based Air Attack aerial firefighting supervisor, the Mat-Su Initial Attack helicopter with long line and bucket for water drops, and DOF engine crews. The fire started on private land yesterday afternoon near Sutton and numerous resources were involved in limiting the fire spread during a Red Flag fire weather warning day. Conditions in the dry grass and brush fuel categories all across Alaska have become extreme with the weeks of sunshine and warm weather.
AK Fire Info

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