Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Anchorage Fire Department are aggressively attacking a small wildfire near Eagle River and are confident they will bring it under control this evening.
The Hiland Fire is located on the south side of Eagle River drainage, just south of Briggs Bridge and about 1 mile from the end of Driftwood Bay Road. It was reported to the Anchorage Fire Department at approximately 5:30 p.m. via a 9-1-1 call.
The fire was initially estimated at 10-12 acres but the latest estimate was 25 acres due to better mapping from firefighters on the ground. The fire is not spreading at this point and isn’t expected to do so.
No evacuation orders have been issued at this time and none are expected. Firefighters on the ground will be working on the fire well into the night to keep it under control and ensure it does not spread.
The Anchorage Fire Department initially responded and requested assistance from the Division of Forestry when it was determined the fire was not accessible by road. The Division of Forestry deployed two air retardant tankers, a helicopter equipped with a water bucket and two initial attack crews from Palmer to work on the fire.
Air resources did a good job of knocking the fire down and at last report air tankers had successfully boxed in the right flank of the fire. Firefighters on the ground hiked about a mile into the fire and are in the process of plumbing a hose line around the fire using water from a nearby pond. The fire is burning in mixed hardwoods and spruce but the fire intensity in the hardwoods is low.
Fire managers are requesting that the public stay clear of the Briggs Bridge and the fire area. Local pilots are also advised to stay clear of the fire in the event aircraft is needed. UAS aircraft (drones) are also advised to stay at least 5 air miles away from the fire.
Both the Alaska Division of Forestry and Anchorage Fire Department worked in concert to provide an immediate and aggressive initial response with assistance from Anchorage Police Department, which provided traffic and perimeter control.