Final update 11:00 pm – Pioneer Peak and the squad from Palmer forestry have a hose lay all around the fire and have mopped up the perimeter 5-10 feet into the burned area from the fire’s edge. The fire was mapped to be 13.1 acres and it is 50% contained. Pioneer Peak have been released from the fire, but personnel will remain overnight to monitor the fire. The incident is now being referred to as the Elmore Fire, (#362)
6:00 pm — The Dowling Fire (#362) is now estimated to be 5 acres. Retardant aircraft have boxed in the fire and have been released to be available for other priority fires in the state. Pioneer Peak IHC is working to put hose around the fire. An additional five person squad from Palmer forestry has joined the effort. The Kenai forestry helicopter has been released with appreciation for the assistance. Firefighters will remain on the fire overnight.
5:00 pm — A new fire near Campbell Track in Anchorage is drawing a strong response from Anchorage Fire Department, JBER Fire Department and the Alaska Division of Forestry. The Dowling Fire (#362) is 2-3 acres The public is asked to avoid the area of Elmore and Dowling roads.
Forestry has responded with two engines and two helitack crews. The Pioneer Peak Hotshots are responding along with two retardant tankers and air attack for aerial supervision. A third helicopter is in route from Nenana.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.