Tankers and scoopers responded to a fast-moving fire burning about four miles west of Little Lake Louise and 35 miles northwest of Glennallen. The Lake Louise Fire (#416) was estimated at 20 acres Sunday night. It was reported as torching in black spruce about 3 miles from residences on the nearby Lake Louise.
Eight smokejumpers and helitack are working on the ground while numerous aircraft are dropping water and retardant to box in the fire that had slowed down when it hit a riparian area. There were two of the medium-sized CL 215 water scoopers and four retardant tankers, plus a Division of Forestry helicopter working on the fire Sunday night.
The fire was discovered at 4:40 p.m. Sunday during a detection flight conducted by the DOF Valdez-Copper River Area after a spate of lightning moved through that afternoon. The lightning was accompanied by light spotty precipitation. In addition, temperatures rose into the 90s, which makes black spruce especially receptive to new ignitions.
Work will continue late into the night to fully suppress the fire. There will be an update on the progress tomorrow.
For more information, contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511.