Hunters urged to use caution with fire

Aug. 21, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

(Fairbanks, AK) – Firefighters from the Division of Forestry in the Mat-Su area responded to a small wildfire northeast of Palmer on Wednesday.

Though the cause is still under investigation, the near three-acre fire east of the community of Chickaloon appears to be human caused and hunting related. Based on its location in the mountains, the fire was likely left unattended by a party of sheep hunters, according to forestry officials.

The fire did not pose a threat and firefighters were working to extinguish it on Thursday with the help of a helicopter and bucket drops.

While the fire danger is low around much of the state due to wet conditions this summer, the possibility of wildfire still exists. Vegetation will begin to promote a wildland fire as it dries out with the changing seasons. Hunters and other backcountry users should exercise caution with anything that could lead to a wildfire, such as campfires and all-terrain vehicles. Make sure campfires are completely extinguished before leaving a campsite and ensure spark arrestors on ATVS, chainsaws and other motorized equipment are working properly before heading into the field.

To report a wildfire, call 911 or 1-800-237-3633.

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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