ANCHORAGE -

Wildland firefighters gained the upper hand overnight Thursday against a human-caused fire near Homer, according to an update from the Alaska Division of Forestry.

In a statement posted on the division's fire information website Friday afternoon, the so-called Sandra Street fire's size is reported at half an acre, down from an initial size Thursday of 8.3 acres. Alaska State Troopers first reported the blaze -- in grassy tundra containing black spruce trees and hardwoods , off East End Road near McNeil Canyon -- at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday. Air support was called in Thursday, with a helicopter dropping retardant and Palmer-based air tankers dropping water on the fire.

"With a nearby residence immediately threatened at the head of the fire, retardant was ordered and dropped on the fire to slow its advance," division officials wrote. "The Pioneer Peak Hotshots arrived from the Funny River fire to assist in controlling the blaze. The hotshots camped near the fire Thursday night and spent the morning mopping up before returning to the Funny River fire Friday."

Helicopter-attack crews from Homer and Soldotna, as well as Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters assisted Division of Forestry crews in fighting the fire.

Division spokesperson Sam Harrel says the fire is currently controlled and contained, with a formal announcement that it is extinguished pending confirmation. He says the presence of homes in the area made stopping the fire before it spread a high priority.

"They jumped right on it -- you can see the residences right there," Harrel said.

Harrel says the fire didn't ultimately constitute a major drain of resources from the 193,000-acre Funny River fire. No specifics were immediately available Friday on exactly how investigators believe the fire was started.

"Just the Pioneer Peak crew came over from the Funny River fire," Harrel said. "The helicopter, which was the eyes in the sky to guide the tankers…he also came over from Funny River."

While Kenai Peninsula campfires are permitted for cooking, warming or signaling, a burn suspension remains in effect on the burning of debris.