Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 8:10 p.m. – Firefighters on Wednesday continued to take advantage of diminishing winds to get a better handle on a late-season wildfire north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway.
Containment on the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire burning about 12 miles north of Palmer increased to 51 percent on Wednesday, an increase of 5 percent over the previous operational shift, according to the latest perimeter map released by the Alaska Division of Forestry.
The increased containment came mainly on fire line paralleling the Glenn Highway between Miles 54-58, where the fire had encroached on the highway. Firefighters continue working toward full containment on fire line along the western perimeter, using bulldozers to break apart fuels that are still burning and contain hot spots that could spread if winds change direction.
In addition to working to secure and reinforce fire lines, firefighters are pulling up hose that froze during initial attack efforts. Managers are also looking at rehabilitation measures on some parts of fire line that were put in to keep the fire from spreading.
There are still approximately 80 firefighters from multiple agencies working to contain the fire, which started early Saturday morning as the result of an escaped debris burn, according to a Division of Forestry wildfire investigator. The fire spread quickly as a result of high winds for three consecutive days, coming within 75 feet of the Glenn Highway at one point on Monday, which forced temporary closures of the road while fire personnel used bulldozes to construct fire lines along the highway.
Fire managers say they are hoping to have the fire fully contained by the end of the weekend.