The Sunrise Fire in the community of Meadow Lakes just north of Wasilla is now estimated at 12-15 acres and the Alaska Division of Forestry is bringing in more air and ground support to help get the human-caused blaze under control.
More than 30 wildland firefighters from State Forestry are responding to the fire, which was reported at around 2:30 p.m. An air tanker based in Palmer has dropped several loads of retardant on the fire to help prevent it from spreading. A helicopter has also been deployed to drop water on the fire and another helicopter has been ordered to assist in the operation.
Sixteen firefighters from the Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew and 11 members of the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew, both from Palmer, have been called in to assist State Forestry firefighters already on scene fighting the fire.
The fire is located in a remote area north of Wasilla and access to the fire is challenging, according to Mat-Su Area Fire Management Officer Norm McDonald. The fire is located about 2 miles north of Pittman Road, off an old logging road west of Bernie Circle.
The added resources and more boots on the ground should help considerably and another load of retardant has been ordered for the northern perimeter of the fire to help box that part of the fire in. The biggest challenge at this point is maintaining an adequate water supply.
Structural firefighters from Mat-Su Borough fire departments are supporting State Forestry in an effort to contain the blaze.
Here is a map of the fire provided by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough: