Mat-Su firefighters quickly douse wildfire started by fireworks near Wasilla

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.

Firefighters from the Central Mat-Su Fire Department and Alaska Division of Forestry mop up a small brush fire started by fireworks on Lucy Creek Circle in Wasilla on Friday night, July 3, 2020. Photo by Ethan DeBauche/Alaska Division of Forestry

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.

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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