A 56-acre wildfire started by lightning on Sunday night near the Kahiltna River northwest of Wasilla is now 100 percent contained.
Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service responded to the Kahiltna Fire Sunday night after it was reported by local pilots. The fire was located about 80 miles northwest of Wasilla and 28 miles west of the Parks Highway near Trapper Creek.
With the help of multiple retardant drops and substantial rain, firefighters were able to secure most of the fire perimeter by late Sunday night. Firefighters spent the next two days working to fully contain the fire. The fire was declared 100 percent contained as of 8 p.m. Tuesday and was receiving light precipitation.
There are still 27 Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters on scene searching for hot spots and mopping up. Eight smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service were released from the fire on Tuesday morning and the tentative plan is to demobilize the remaining personnel on Friday.