State forestry battling small wildfire near Eagle River

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are responding to a small wildfire in Chugach State Park near the South Fork Eagle River Trailhead off Hiland Road.

This photo of the South Fork Fire taken Monday morning by Mat-Su Area Forestry helitack crew member Colton Stegner shows the proximity of the fire to residences in the area. Photo by Colton Stegner/Alaska Division of Forestry.

This photo of the South Fork Fire taken Monday morning by Mat-Su Area Forestry helitack crew member Colton Stegner shows the proximity of the fire to residences in the area. Photo by Colton Stegner/Alaska Division of Forestry.

The South Fork Fire (#701) was reported at 12:50 a.m. on Monday as a 100-foot-by-100-foot creeping fire. An engine crew from the Mat-Su Area Forestry office in Palmer was dispatched to the fire and sized it up as one-half acre burning approximately one-quarter mile from residences.

The fire is located near the South Fork Eagle River, about two-tenths of a mile from West River Road and three-tenths of a mile from South Creek Road, both of which are accessed off Hiland Road. The fire is about 7 miles southeast of Eagle River.

Firefighters were able to get hose laid around the entire fire early Monday morning and more resources were ordered due to warm, windy conditions and the potential for spot fires outside the preliminary containment line. The 20-person Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew from Mat-Su Area Forestry arrived at the fire at 10:45 a.m. and reported no open flames with good probability of success for containing the blaze to its current size. A four-person helitack crew from Mat-Su Area Forestry was also enroute to the fire, as well as another engine crew.

A water tender from the Anchorage Fire Department also responded to the fire to provide a water source for firefighters to help contain the fire.

The public is asked to avoid the area while firefighting personnel are working on the fire, both for the safety of the public and firefighters.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this point and is under investigation.

Location of South Fork Fire (#701)

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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