Aggressive initial attack calms wildfire near Nikolaevsk on Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and local fire departments are making good progress containing a wildfire near the village of Nikolaevsk on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula.
The fire, estimated at 5 acres, was reported at approximately 4 p.m. off Bolotna Road. The fire was burning in grass and heavy slash with 4- to 6-foot flame lengths in the grass when firefighters arrived on scene. There are homes in the area but the wind was pushing the fire away from structures and into a wet area.
A helicopter equipped with a bucket dropped multiple loads of water on the fire and an air tanker from Palmer dropped a load of retardant on the edge of the fire closest to homes. The Division of Forestry has two engines on scene and Kachemak Emergency Services responded with two engines and brush truck to assist. The fire has died down and firefighters will be mopping up the rest of the evening and much of tomorrow. The fire burned into a patch of beetle-killed spruce and it will take extensive mop up to ensure the heavier fuels aren’t holding fire.
The fire is believed to be human caused and is under investigation.

The Nikolaevsk Fire following a well-placed retardant drop from an air tanker on contract with the Alaska Division of Forestry (red line at left of fire). Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry

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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