Monday, Aug. 31, – 5:45 p.m. – Late last night the Yukon Type 2 Initial Attack crew arrived into Kodiak by ferry from Homer, along with their vehicles. They join more than 70 firefighters already on scene battling the 5,280-acre Twin Creeks Fire near Chiniak, including the Hooper Bay and Upper Kalskag Type II crews. A Type 3 Incident Management Team from the Alaska Division of Forestry is in place, too.
The Twin Creeks Fire, also known locally as the Chiniak Fire, started near the Kodiak Island community of Chiniak on Thursday evening, August 27. Overnight and the next day strong winds quickly spread this fire through 5,000 acres of grass, timber and logging slash on Leisnoi, Incorporated lands. The Chiniak Library, at least one home, and a cabin were destroyed by the fire.
On Sunday fire managers reported good progress was made securing homes and properties on the northern perimeter of the fire. More than a half mile of this perimeter was mopped up to one-hundred feet. The Twin Creeks Fire is currently ten percent contained. Structure protection and direct line construction continue, as the Type 3 Team works towards 100 percent containment.
The goal of the firefighters is to protect the lives and property in the community of Chiniak and others who may be affected by this fire.
Fore more information on Alaska fires, go to http://www.fire.ak.blm.gov.