Crews working to contain 1 acre Johnson Creek Fire near Skwentna

Update 6/2/22 2:00pm- 18 firefighters from Gannett Glacier Fire Crew and Mat-Su Helitack remained on the Johnson Creek Fire overnight to secure and mop up the fire area. The Johnson Creek Fire is listed as contained and controlled with the final fire size mapped at 2.9 acres. Remaining firefighters are being shuttled by helicopter to Talkeetna upon which they will return to Palmer.

6/1/22 8pm: The Johnson Creek fire was reported at approximately 1:30 Wednesday afternoon 12 miles northwest of Skwentna, near the confluence of the Kichatna and Yentna rivers. Despite thick fuels, a quick response from Mat-Su Helitack and Gannett Glacier Type Two Initial Attack Handcrew has slowed the spread of the fire, and full containment is estimated at midnight tonight. Two helicopters with water dropping capabilities assisted in mediating fire activity, preventing damage to structures near the fire area. The fire size is holding at 1.3 acres. Firefighters will remain on scene overnight, continuing to strengthen containment lines and begin mop up operations to ensure the fire remains within the current footprint.

The start of the Johnson Creek Fire was human caused. As a reminder, burn permits are suspended due to very high fire danger. A burn permit suspension temporarily prohibits ALL burn permits, both small and large-scale. Absolutely no burning of burn barrels, debris piles, or lawns. Find the latest burn permit suspensions at

Gannett Glacier Fire Crew filming the approach to the landing zone on the Skwentna River for initial attack of the Johnson Creek Fire on June 1, 2022. Video credit: Bryan Quimby/Gannett Glacier Fire Crew

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