Update at 10:20 p.m.: The Type 2 Initial Attack Yukon Crew is en route to join the effort to suppress the North Fork Fire.
Firefighters and aircraft are aggressively working on a fire burning near the North Fork Road in Anchor Point Sunday night. About 20 firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry, Kachemak Emergency Services and the Anchor Point Fire & Emergency departments and two helicopters with water buckets were working on the North Fork Fire (#751) burning about 1.5 mile east of the Sterling Highway between mile 165-164. The fire was reported at about 6:45 p.m. and was estimated at 6-7 acres and burning in spruce trees, grass and brush to the east of the intersection of Sandy Avenue and Whitney Street. The fire was reported as active on 100% of its perimeter with flame lengths 3-feet high.
The fire is burning off of a trail, making a access difficult, but not impossible for some of the fire brush trucks and firefighters on all-terrain vehicles. The nearest structure is within a half mile, however it was not immediately threatened. Due to the northerly winds that were blowing all day, the fire was moving south and away from the closest structure.
For more information, contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511.