Crews mopping up Horseshoe Lake Fire near Big Lake; Sheep Creek Fire is controlled

Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters continued mop-up work on the 52-acre Horseshoe Lake Fire near Big Lake on Tuesday. Crews mopped up about 200 feet in all the way around the fire perimeter and a helicopter with a water bucket worked the fire for about half a shift. Crews also gridded a 2-acre spot fire that crossed over the perimeter Monday night and that spot fire is now 100 percent out. Fire activity on Tuesday was smoldering and creeping. Plans for Wednesday are to continue with 100 percent mop up of the fire perimeter.

Farther north in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, firefighters completed work on the 22-acre Sheep Creek Fire that started on Saturday near Mile 91 of the Parks Highway. That fire has now been placed in monitor status.

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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