Alaska’s first wildfire of 2018 reported in Southeast Alaska

Smoke from the Lucky Me Fire reported on Douglas Island near Juneau on Sunday. U.S. Forest Service photo

Alaska’s first wildfire of the season was reported on Sunday in Southeast Alaska and drew a response from a handful of U.S. Forest Service firefighters.

The 1.1-acre Lucky Me Fire was reported Sunday afternoon on the southern end of Douglas Island near Juneau. The fire was approximately 100 feet from a residential structure in the community of Lucky Me. The fire is on city and borough lands and the U.S. Forest Service has protection responsibility, according to the Alaska Interagency Fire Management Plan.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. It was reported by the landowner.

Two Forest Service firefighters responded to the fire on Sunday and worked to suppress the fire until 11 p.m.

A stump burns Sunday as a result of the Lucky Me Fire on Douglas Island near Juneau. U.S. Forest Service photo.

Three Forest Service firefighters returned to the fire Monday to secure the perimeter and extinguish heavy fuels that were still smoldering, such as stumps and logs. The fire was declared fully contained on Monday afternoon.

Despite new snow in the southern panhandle over the weekend and snow still covering much of the landscape around Juneau, the area where the fire started was extremely dry. High winds contributed to the spread of the fire, according to Tristan Fluharty, fire management officer for the Tongass National Forest.

For more information, contact Tongass National Forest Public Affairs Officer Paul Robbins, Jr. at (907) 228-6201 or paulrobbins@fs.fed.us.

 

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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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