The 25-acre Leaf Lake Fire near the Knik River outside Palmer now 100% contained and the Alaska Division of Forestry is planning for a complete demobilization of personnel by Thursday. Firefighters continued to work the interior of the fire on Tuesday, where smoldering and creeping in the unburned fuels was observed.
Winds picked up around 2 p.m. on Tuesday with gusts of up to 20 mph but personnel were still able to achieve their goals. The fire was called contained at 4:26 p.m. on Tuesday. The seven smokejumpers that were working on the fire will be demobilized today and DOF personnel will be released on Thursday.
State Forestry will continue to monitor the fire from the air in coming weeks.
The Leaf Lake Fire was reported was reported at 5:30 p.m. on Friday but State Forestry wasn’t able to respond to the fire until Saturday. Due to the remote location of the fire and lack of dry trail access, a team of seven smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service was called in Sunday and were joined by six DOF firefighters. Two helicopters were brought in to transport firefighters, cargo and drop water on the fire.
It marked the first significant wildfire of the 2016 Alaska fire season.