With the help of locally hired resources and other cooperators, the Alaska Division of Forestry has contained 50 percent of the Twin Creeks Fire, also known as the Chiniak Fire, which started on Kodiak Island on Aug. 27. New mapping has reduced the size of the fire to 4,868 acres and current fire activity is limited to smoldering in areas of heavier fuels.
During the first three days of this incident, firefighters received generous support from the community volunteers. Local vendors are now providing meals to the firefighters. The Chiniak School is providing space for the fire managers’ incident command post. A-1 Timber, the harvesting company working on Leisnoi, Inc. lands, provided two excavators and four professional timber fallers to assist with removing hazard trees.
Other local additions to the suppression effort include two First Student buses with drivers, along with various vehicles from the City and Borough of Kodiak and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Pacific Spaceport Complex provided an ambulance that is kept at the fire in case of medical transport being needed. Many others have helped during the response to this emergency, too.