Firefighters battling fire sparked in Anchor Point

Source: MGN

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Firefighters and aircraft are aggressively working a fire burning near the North Fork Road in Anchor Point. Fire officials say several firefighters with the Alaska Division of Forestry, Kachemak Emergency Services and the Anchor Point Fire & Emergency departments are working to suppress the fire.

The Type 2 Initial Attack Yukon Crew is en route to join the effort as well.

The fire, named the North Fork Fire, is burning about 1.5 miles east of the Sterling Highway between mileposts 165 and 164. The fire was reported around 6:45 p.m. Sunday, and was estimated at 6 to 7 acres. Firefighters are using two helicopters with water buckets on the fire that's burning in spruce trees, grass and brush to the east of the intersection of Sandy Avenue and Whitney Street.

The fire was reported as active on 100% of its perimeter with flames about three feet high.

Fire officials say the fire is burning off of a trail, making a access difficult, but not impossible for some of the fire brush trucks and firefighters on all-terrain vehicles. The nearest structure is within a half mile, but fire officials say it was not immediately threatened. Due to the northerly winds that were blowing all day Sunday, the fire was moving south and away from the closest structure.

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