Firefighters wrap up work on Klutina River Fire south of Glennallen

Firefighters finished work on the 195-acre Klutina River Fire south of Glennallen on Sunday as the last firefighters were ferried off the fire by boat and helicopter.

The fire was completely demobilized and 100 percent contained as of 4 p.m., according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.

The Klutina River Fire started on July 8 along the east bank of the Klutina River about 20 miles south of Glennallen. Aircraft used water and retardant drops to slow the initial spread of the fire and eight smokejumpers were initially deployed on the fire.

Personnel have been working tirelessly for the past two weeks to contain the fire. Suppression efforts were hampered by low visibility that prevented water-scooping aircraft to work on the fire but helicopter water drops were used to support the efforts of firefighters on the ground and proved effective in addressing problem areas. Mother Nature also assisted with some much-needed rain early in the incident, as well as on Friday night.

The final crew working on the fire, the Bitterroot Interagency Hot Shot Crew, was pulled off the fire on Sunday. The Lewis and Clark Type 2 Initial Attack Crew was demobilized on Saturday.

The fire will be monitored by Copper River Forestry office in Tazlina.

The fire was determined to be human caused but the specific cause remains under investigation.

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