Firefighters mopping up Sunrise Fire

Here’s the latest update on the 30-acre Sunrise Fire in the Meadow Lakes area just north of Wasilla in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley:

The fire has not grown in size and is 100 percent contained. Approximately 30 firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are currently mopping up the fire and extinguishing any hot spots they find. A piece of heavy equipment is being brought in to help break up berm rows and expose areas of heat. Firefighters from the Gannett Glacier and Pioneer Peak crews will remain on the fire through the evening.

“This is the point of the fire where the excitement is over but there is still a lot of hard work to ensure it is out,” said Mat-Su Area Fire Management Officer Norm McDonald. “They are in mop up mode with lots of work due to berm rows and heavy fuels.”

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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