Firefighters have controlled and contained a 43-acre wildfire near Lake Louise that was knocked by water and retardant drops on Sunday night.
Two Alaska Division of Forestry crews spent Monday and Tuesday mopping up the lightning-caused Lake Louise Fire reported at 7 p.m. Sunday. The Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew and the Type 2 UAF Nanooks Wildland Fire Crew located and extinguished six hot spots on Tuesday before calling the fire contained.
The Gannett Glacier Crew was pulled off the fire late Tuesday afternoon to respond to a wildfire in East Anchorage while the UAF crew will remain on scene Wednesday to continue mopping up. The fire is expected to be called out following Wednesday’s shift.
The fire is located about 4 miles west of Lake Louise and 35 miles northwest of Glennallen. It was reported at 7 p.m. Sunday and was sized up as 20 acres with a 100 percent active perimeter burning in black spruce and tundra. The fire ran into a riparian area that helped slow it down and aircraft were able to take advantage by attacking the fire from the air.
Four air tankers four water-scoopers based at Palmer were immediately launched to the fire. The air tankers dropped four loads of retardant to box the fire in all four sides and water scoopers dropped multiple loads of water on the flanks of the fire to knock down flames and slow its spread. Given the fire’s proximity to Lake Louise, water scoopers proved to very effective in slowing fire spread.
Eight smokejumpers were deployed on the fire at around 9:45 p.m. and worked until about 2 a.m. Monday putting a preliminary containment line around the fire. The smokejumpers were replaced by the two crews on Monday.