Firefighters mopping up small wildfire along Tazlina River near Glennallen

State forestry firefighters are mopping up a small wildfire that started near Glennallen on Tuesday.

Smoke from the 3.5-acre Moose Creek Fire along the Tazlina River near Glennallen rises above the trees on Monday, April 30, 2019. Photo by Zach Horner/Alaska Division of Forestry

The 3 ½-acre Moose Creek Fire was 50% contained as of Tuesday night and the fire did not show any growth or spread overnight, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The interior of the fire continues to smolder and firefighters are gridding the fire area today for hotspots inside and outside the fire perimeter.

Firefighters are working to get hose laid around the entire perimeter of the fire and will spend the next two or three days removing hazard trees and snags as they mop up the blaze.

The fire was reported at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday on the north bank of the Tazlina River, about 2 miles southwest of Glennallen. The fire is on land belonging to regional Native corporation Ahtna Inc.

A state forestry helicopter was used to make strategic water drops on the fire perimeter and state forestry’s Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew was mobilized to the fire early Tuesday evening. There are currently 18 personnel working on the fire. The fire is about 1 mile from the nearest road and not accessible by vehicle.

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.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: 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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