Firefighters contain 8.5-acre wildfire started by lodge fire on Aniak River

Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters have contained an 8.5-acre wildfire started by a structure fire that burned down the Aniak River Lodge and several guest cabins on Tuesday.

Eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers who initially responded to the fire Tuesday night were replaced by the Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew early Wednesday afternoon. The crew worked late into the night Wednesday to contain the fire. As of Thursday morning, there were 32 personnel working on the fire. The fire is located approximately 25 miles upriver from the village of Aniak.

A photo of the 8.5-acre Aniak River Fire taken during initial attack on Tuesday night after the Aniak River Lodge and multiple guest cabins were burned. Alaska Division of Forestry photo.

Today’s operational plan is to continue securing the containment line around the fire while identifying and removing fire-weakened hazard trees. Firefighters will be gridding for hot spots in unburned areas around the perimeter of the fire and setting up an extensive hose lay around the fire to assist with what is expected to be intensive mop up due to heavy dead and down timber.

The fire was reported Tuesday night but the lodge and guest cabins had burned down by the time firefighting personnel arrived on scene. Nobody was injured but the lodge and cabins were a total loss.

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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