McRoberts Creek Fire update

(Palmer, AK) – Firefighters continue working on the McRoberts Creek Fire, located east of the Matanuska River near Butte, north of Back Acres Ave. The Division of Forestry estimates the fire at 21 acres. The human caused fire was reported Wednesday evening, May 14.

No change in acreage has occurred on the fire today. Last night, 30 firefighters made an initial attack on the fire as it burned in black spruce. The Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew worked through the night with Forestry firefighters and local Butte firefighters from the Mat-Su Borough. Today the Gannett Glacier Fire Crew based in Palmer is returning from McGrath to work the fire.

Containing the fire will take time as it is located off the road system. To reach the fire, firefighters are using off road vehicles. Crews are being supported with helicopters for supplies and water drops.

The area remains under a Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service in Anchorage for low humidity until midnight AKDT tonight. Warm temperatures and low humidity have been forecasted for tomorrow. A burn suspension remains in effect for the entire Matanuska and Susitna area until further notice. This suspension includes burn barrels and all open burning other than camping or cooking fires.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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