Firefighters douse wildfire in North Pole with quick response

State forestry firefighters acted quickly Tuesday to douse a wildfire on Hollowell Road in North Pole.
The fire was reported at 12:34 p.m. when an Alaska Fire Service plane spotted smoke in the area of Hollowell Road off Plack Road. There were structures in the area but none were immediately threatened by the fire.
The North Star Volunteer Department was on scene when firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry arrived with engines and a helicopter equipped with a water bucket. The fire was burning in black spruce and hardwoods and firefighters used hoses and bucket drops from the helicopter to quickly knock down the flames.
State forestry firefighters were still mopping up the fire as of 4:30 p.m. and determining whether or not to keep firefighters on scene overnight. The size of the fire was estimated at one-half acre.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to be human caused.

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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