Downed powerline causes Richardson Highway fire

May 31, 2014 8:38 a.m.

On May 30, a helicopter in the area reported a fire caused by a tree on a powerline off the Richardson Hwy. Delta Forestry and Ft Greely Fire Department engines responded along with aerial assets from the 100 Mile Creek Fire. GVEA crews secured the powerline and the water scooper aircraft dropped several loads of water to knock the fire down. Delta Forestry and Ft. Greely FD continued to work the fire and it was contained and controlled at 8 p.m. The 1 acre fire, named the Beales North Fire, was placed in monitor status.

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