Zircon Fire (#131) in Anchorage 100% contained at 1am with fire crews working throughout the night

Zircon Fire Incident Commander Bryan Quimby reported at 1am this morning that the 0.8 acre fire that started as a structure fire in Anchorage and spread into the surrounding brush and woods was 100% contained. At 3:30am this morning after further gridding and mopping up, Quimby declared the fire to be 100% controlled. Gannett Glacier Fire Crew has departed the scene and will rest this morning after working throughout the night cutting down hazard trees and putting in saw line around in the wildland escapement areas. According to Quimby, “heavy dense brush made for slow going. With the early work of the Anchorage Fire Department getting a hose lay around the fire perimeter and a coordinated effort throughout the night the Zircon Fire is 100% contained and controlled.”

Saw teams from Gannett Glacier Initial Attack Fire Crew based in Palmer worked throughout the night cutting saw line in thick brush bringing containment to 100% of the Zircon Fire on May 23rd, 2022. Video Credit: Bryan Quimby/Gannett Glacier Initial Attack Fire Crew

Update May 22nd 11:37pm: The fire is 90% contained Gannett Glacier cutting saw line.

Update May 22nd 11pm: There is only 5% of the fire with an active perimeter (95% is not active). A hose lay around entire fire had been established early by Anchorage Fire Department. Gannett Glacier Fire Crew is currently cutting saw line around the entire perimeter with no fire growth. Fire size is reported to be 0.79 acres. Two DOF engines #61 and 66 are gridding the unburnt area for hot embers that could cause spot fires.

First update May 22nd 9:30pm The Anchorage Fire Department is on scene of a structure fire in the Rabbit Creek area that has spread into the surrounding private parcel estimated to be 0.5 acres. Mat-Su’s DOF helitack helicopter is on scene dropping water from a long line Bambi bucket. Anchorage Police Department is requesting people stay clear of the area. Additional resources are on scene from a variety of agencies. Updates will be made as available stay alert for fast moving wildfires and be prepared knowing the Ready-Set-Go program.

Categories: Active Wildland Fire, AK Fire Info, Alaska DNR - Division of Forestry (DOF)

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