Small wildfire near Chisana draws response from State Forestry

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.

A photo of the Red Hill Fire on Saturday evening. The fire, estimated at 1 acre, is approximately 100 miles northeast of Glennallen and 1.8 miles northeast of Chisana. Luke Wassick/National Park Service

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.

A photo of the Red Hill Fire taken Saturday evening. The fire, estimated at 1 acre, is approximately 100 miles northeast of Glennallen and 1.8 miles northeast of Chisana. Luke Wassick/National Park Service

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.

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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