State forestry reports minimal fire activity over Memorial Day weekend

Thanks to a responsive public and vigilant initial attack efforts by firefighters, the Memorial Day Weekend turned out to be uneventful wildfire-wise.
While the Alaska Division of Forestry received 20 fire reports around the state over the holiday weekend, none of them developed into anything of significance. The largest human-caused fire reported was the one-half acre Robin Avenue Fire on the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday. The fire was reported at approximately 1:20 p.m. and started as a result of a debris burn spreading to the wildlands. Firefighters from both Central Emergency Services and the Division of Forestry were quick to respond.
CES firefighters had knocked down about 50 percent of the fire by the time forestry firefighters arrived on scene. Firefighters had the fire completely contained a short time later. Another fire, the Needles Fire, was reported in the same area as firefighters were working on the Robin Avenue Fire and forestry firefighters acted quickly to contain that fire, also.

A photo of the Robin Avenue Fire on Sunday on the Kenai Peninsula.

A photo of the Robin Avenue Fire on Sunday on the Kenai Peninsula.

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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