High winds turn house fire into 9-acre wildfire in Delta Junction

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are mopping up a 9-acre fire in Delta Junction today after a structure fire spread into the wildlands Monday night.
The state forestry office in Delta Junction was notified of a structure fire on Hanson Road at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday. A helicopter and engines from state forestry responded and joined the Rural Deltana Volunteer Fire Department and Fort Greely Fire Department at the scene.
High winds had pushed the fire into the wildlands and across a road into a neighboring farm field. With the help of numerous water drops from the helicopter, firefighters secured the perimeter of the fire while also protecting two other structures that were threatened.
A local bulldozer and a 15-person Type 2 hand crew from Fairbanks were ordered to mop up the fire and worked late into the night to keep the fire contained. Those resources will continue mopping up the fire today and should have the fire fully contained by the end of shift today.

A burn suspension remains in effect for the Delta Junction area today due to high winds. No open debris burning or the use of burn barrels is allowed until conditions moderate. Go to https://dnr.alaska.gov/burn to check on burning conditions around the state.


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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