State forestry battling small wildfire near Glennallen

A photo of the smoke column from the Moose Creek Fire along the Tazlina River near Glennallen. Photo by Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are currently working to suppress a small wildfire near the community of Glennallen.

The Moose Creek Fire, estimated at about 1 ½ acres as of 5:30 p.m., is located on the north bank of the Tazlina River about 2 miles southwest of Glennallen. The fire was reported at 2:06 p.m. and is burning on land belonging to Ahtna Inc., a regional Native corporation.

A state forestry helicopter is being used to drop water on the fire and a four-person helitack crew was dropped off to begin suppression efforts on the ground. The fire is about 1 mile from the nearest road and not accessible by vehicle. The fire is burning in grass and spruce.

The Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew based in Palmer is enroute to the fire and should arrive shortly to assist firefighters already on scene with suppression efforts . The crew, which currently consists of 17 firefighters, will hike into the fire when they arrive.

Water drops have been effective in suppressing parts of the fire perimeter and firefighters on scene are currently working to get a hose line around the fire.

The fire is believed to be human caused and the specific cause is under investigation.

A distant photo of the smoke column from the Moose Creek Fire along the Tazlina River near Glennallen. Photo by Tim Whitesell/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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