Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Central Mat-Su Fire Department quickly snuffed out a small brush fire started by fireworks on Friday night near Wasilla.
The one-half acre fire, off Lucy Creek Circle, was reported at approximately 9 p.m. The fire was located in a grass field with a subdivision nearby. The initial report was that the fire was spreading toward structures in the area. Firefighters from Central Mat-Su were able to knock the flames down a short distance from a stand of trees by the time wildland firefighters arrived on scene at around 9:30 p.m.
The fire was declared contained at 9:50 p.m. and firefighters spent another 1 ½ hours mopping up. The fire was controlled just after 11 p.m.
As a reminder, it is illegal to discharge fireworks on any borough, state or federal land in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. It is also illegal to discharge fireworks on any public or private forested land during the Alaska fire season from April 1 to August 31.
Fire danger in the Mat-Su Valley is currently high and extreme caution should be used with any activity that could lead to a wildfire.