Wildland Fire Roundup for Friday, May 29th

12:00 p.m. — A change in the weather will help moderate fire danger in the Interior over the next few days, while southern areas of the state will see warmer temperatures, lower humidity, and an increase in fire potential

Several small fires were reported yesterday in areas where the Alaska Division of Forestry provides fire protection. Forestry firefighters acted quickly Thursday afternoon to extinguish a one-acre wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula that was started by sparks from an exploding shooting target. The Escape Route Road Fire was reported at 3:17 p.m. as a small grass fire east of Nikiski that was spreading to nearby spruce trees. The Kenai/Kodiak Area Office dispatched engines, helitack and a fire prevention officer to the scene. Firefighters on the ground and a helicopter dropping buckets of water had the fire contained within 45 minutes. An air retardant tanker was ordered but canceled when it became clear it wasn’t needed. The Nikiski Fire Department also assisted with suppressing the fire.

The Escape Route Road Fire started as a grass fire and spread to nearby spruce trees in Nikiski on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Division of Forestry dispatched engines, helitack, Prevention and air attack to work with Nikiski Fire Department to supress the fie. The .83 acres fire is contained, controlled and placed in monitor status. The fire was caused by an exploding shooting target. Jason Jordet Division of Forestry photo

The Escape Route Road Fire started as a grass fire and spread to nearby spruce trees in Nikiski on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Division of Forestry dispatched engines, helitack, Prevention and air attack to work with Nikiski Fire Department to supress the fie. The .83 acres fire is contained, controlled and placed in monitor status. The fire was caused by an exploding shooting target. Jason Jordet Division of Forestry photo

State forestry firefighters also were called to a vehicle fire on the Steese Highway north of Fairbanks early Thursday morning. Two forestry engines responded and found the Cleary Creek Fire, a 0.1 acre fire smoldering in birch and grass around the vehicle. Firefighters contained and controlled the fire and the Fairbanks Type 2 crew went out later in the day to check and cold trail the fire. The vehicle was still on site so they could only mop up around it. The fire was put in monitor status and will be checked again when the vehicle is removed.

The Tok Area office reported two fires on Thursday evening, one of which was caused by a tree on a power line and another that was found during a detection flight east of Tok. The power company was called to remove the tree from the power line on McKenzie Trail. Firefighters contained the fire, estimated at 0.1 acres, and wet down the area. The second fire, found during a detection flight, was estimated at 3 acres and was located in a limited protection area near the East Fork Dennison River. That fire was placed in monitor status.

Crews managing the Seventy Mile Fire near Eagle continued a burnout operation yesterday to remove fuels from the southern flank of the fire. The fire is estimated at 1,800-acres, with the increased acreage attributable to the burnout operation. Firefighters are also providing protection to allotments and cabins along the Seventymile River at the Yukon River.

Crews are continuing to set up sprinklers to protect structures near the 375-acre Trout Fire, 25 miles northwest of Eagle. Steady rain on that fire yesterday helped moderate the fire danger.

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