DOF’s first big response of season is on Kenai Peninsula

The Division of Forestry initiated its first major wildfire response of the season on Monday afternoon when an escaped debris burn spread to the wildlands near Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula, about 50 miles south of Soldotna. DOF’s response to the Jim Howard Road Fire included three engines, a helicopter equipped with a water bucket and an air retardant tanker to compliment response efforts by the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services Area. All totaled, the initial attack force consisted of 27 personnel from DOF and local fire departments. DOF dropped 11 bucket loads of water on the fire, as well as a full load of retardant split into two drops, both perfectly placed to help slow the fire’s spread. With their quick action and the help of air support, firefighters were able to contain the fire to 5.1 acres and none of the nearly dozen homes that were threatened by the fire were damaged or lost. Ten members of the Gannet Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew arrived on scene Monday evening to take command of the fire and spent the day Tuesday extinguishing hot spots and mopping up. The crew was expected to finish mopping up and checking for hot spots early Tuesday evening. Monday’s fire is a sign that fuels on the Kenai Peninsula and elsewhere in the state are extremely dry and vulnerable to wildfire. Residents are urged to use caution and follow safe burning practices if burning debris, using campfires or doing anything else that could potentially ignite a wildfire.Bucket Drop (2) Jim Howard Rd Fire03 Jim Howard Rd Fire05

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: 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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