The Alaska Division of Forestry has deployed a small squad of firefighters to respond to a 1-acre wildfire approximately 100 miles northeast of Glennallen.
The fire, dubbed the Red Hill Fire, was reported by a local resident from the remote community of Chisana at about 5 p.m. on Saturday. The fire is located about 2 miles northeast of Chisana and accessible only by airplane.
The fire is located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Personnel from the National Park Service flew over the fire Saturday night and estimated it at approximately 1 acre.
Two State Forestry firefighters were flown to Chisana on Sunday night to hike into the fire but weather prevented any more personnel from being transported to the fire. Weather permitting, two more firefighters will be flown Chisana on Monday morning to assist with suppression efforts.
On Sunday evening, the fire was reported to be creeping and smoldering with no visible flames and light precipitation falling.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time but is believed to be human caused.
The fire is evidence that fuels in Alaska are still dry enough to burn and hunters and campers need to use caution with campfires. Alaska’s firefighting resources are extremely limited, with most of the state’s firefighting forces in the Lower 48 helping battle fires in the western U.S.
The Division of Forestry asks everyone to be extremely careful with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire.