Swampy terrain, calmer winds slow wildfire near Big Lake

As of 5 p.m., the Horseshoe Lake Fire, a 25-acre fire at the end of Miller’s Reach Road near Big Lake in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, has run into swampy terrain and slowed some. Mat-Su Area Fire Management Officer Norm McDonald with the Alaska Division of Forestry, reports that a fireline built by dozers could surround the fire within an hour, if no erratic winds kick up. Winds had slowed to 5 to 10 mph.

Crews and equipment are making good progress on fighting the off-road fire 2.4 miles northwest of Rogers Road. Ten Borough firefighters and 20 plus State Forestry firefighters are working on the fire line now, according to Deputy Director of Emergency Services Ken Barkley. No structures have been lost and none are immediately threatened, according to forestry officials.

Three dozers and a helicopter with a bucket have been working to suppress the blaze. McDonald said another helicopter was ordered from Fairbanks to arrive in the morning as well as the White Mountain handcrew.

Firecrews had to be transported by off road vehicles to get to the fireline and have been on scene since about 1:41 pm trying to suppress the fire. A request for four tankers and four engines from Borough fire departments was made late afternoon.

An aerial photo of the Horseshoe Lake Fire near Big Lake at approximately 5 p.m. Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry

An aerial photo of the Horseshoe Lake Fire near Big Lake at approximately 5 p.m. Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry

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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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