The USDA Forest Service is supporting suppression efforts for a wildfire in Haines that started on Monday, May 27 as a structure fire and spread into the wildlands. Called the 8.5 Mile Fire, the approximately 5-acre wildfire is currently burning on private and state lands north of the Haines Highway at Milepost 8.5. There are no evacuations or road closures, though there are four homes located within one-quarter mile of the fire.
The Haines Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire but a 20-person fire crew from the Chugach and Tongass National Forests is expected to arrive to the site today, giving the Haines Fire Department the opportunity to focus on structure protection. In addition to the ground crews, a helicopter is doing water suppression work.
The Alaska Division of Forestry and the Forest Service have a cooperative agreement that allows for the Forest Service to provide mutual aid support when wildfires burn on federal, state, and private lands in the Haines area.
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