Wildland Fire reported in East Anchorage

Updated at 7:09

Firefighting efforts stopped the spread of the fire in East Anchorage as it moved into hardwoods. The Alaska Division of Forestry says the fire is 20 percent contained. An evacuation order for nearby residents has been canceled.

Updated at 6:29 p.m.

Anchorage Fire Chief Jodie Hettrick reports the fire burning in East Anchorage is about 80 percent contained. An evacuation order for residents of the area has been canceled. Firefighting efforts stopped the spread of flames and as it moved into hardwoods the fire slowed.

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Updated at 6:03 p.m.

Three air tankers loaded with retardant are en route to a rapidly growing wildland fire in east Anchorage.  The fire was reported at about 4:45 p.m. and is estimated at 10-acres and growing.  Firefighters report the fire is burning in black spruce with 60 foot flames.  A helicopter is dropping buckets of water on the fire.  Anchorage firefighters have responded and wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry in Palmer are headed to the fire. Anchorage Police have shut down Lake Otis Parkway at Dowling Road.  The Campbell Creek Science Center and Manoog’s Isle mobile home park have been evacuated.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

For more information contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at 907-356-5511.

The MLK Fire burning in East Anchorage on Tuesday, July 2.

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