A quick response by firefighters from local fire departments and the Alaska Division of Forestry helped keep a 2 ½ -acre brush fire in check Saturday on the Kenai Peninsula.
The Bluff Drive Fire in Ninilchik was reported at 1:18 p.m. The fire started in a subdivision in the area of Oil Well Road and Bluff Drive.
Ninilchik Emergency Services was first to arrive on scene and the fire was burning in grass, moving northeast up a bluff toward several homes. At least two homes immediately threatened by the fire were evacuated and the fire damaged siding on one home as it passed by. Firefighters were able to douse the fire before the structure became fully involved.
No structures were lost in the fire and there were no injuries. The evacuation order was lifted at approximately 3:30 p.m. It was a human-caused fire but the specific cause is under investigation.
Eight wildland fire personnel from the Division of Forestry assisted firefighters from the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department, Ninilchik Emergency Services and Central Emergency Services to stop the spread of the fire. The fire was declared contained at approximately 4 p.m.
The Division of Forestry’s Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew based in Palmer will be responding to the fire Sunday morning to check for any hot spots and to mop up the fire.
With warmer-than-normal temperatures and early snow melt this spring, pre-green-up conditions on the Kenai Peninsula and most other areas around the state are very dry and vulnerable to wildfire. The dead, dry grass and brush are receptive to any ignition sources and residents should use caution with any kind of burning and other activities that could spark a wildfire.
For more information about safe burning practices in Alaska, go to https://dnr.alaska.gov/burn.