Quick response, wind shift help firefighters control fire that escaped from Northway dump

3:00 p.m. – The Moose Creek Fire started Friday afternoon at the dump at Northway, which is located about 50 miles southeast of Tok by the Alaska Highway. The fire quickly spread through black spruce and threatened one structure until a wind shift slowed the fire. Firefighters responded with both air and ground resources. Three helicopters used buckets for dropping water, along with three water-scooping aircraft and several air tankers dropping retardant, including a heavy tanker. By early Saturday morning dozers had constructed a fire line around most of the fire. At last report, the fire mapped out at 278 acres. Additional firefighters are on their way to assist with controlling the fire.

A helicopter, lower right, conducts bucket operations on the Moose Creek Fire that escaped from the Northway dump on Friday afternoon. The fire was estimated at 278 acres on Saturday.

A helicopter, lower right, conducts bucket operations on the Moose Creek Fire that escaped from the Northway dump on Friday afternoon. The fire was estimated at 278 acres on Saturday.

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