UPDATE: DOF says escaped campfire started small fire in Eagle River

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update 6:30 p.m.

Division of Forestry officials confirm the Steeple Fire in Eagle River was caused by an escaped campfire, and are reminding the public to practice fire safety as dry conditions persist in Southcentral Alaska.

"Despite the fact that we did have some cooler weather a few weeks ago, and the temperatures dropped and we got a little bit of precipitation and rain, it wasn't enough to block out that high fire danger that we are at," DOF spokesperson Stephanie Bishop said. "Please, everybody, again, be careful out there. We are still dry there is still potential for fires out there, obviously."

Around 4 p.m. Monday, Bishop told KTUU the fire was only burning .7 acres, and it should be contained "within the next few hours." By 6:15 p.m. the fire was still smoldering while ground crews dug a containment line and helicopters doused the area with water.

Original Story

The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to a small wildfire near Mt Baldy in Eagle River.

The fire is located about one-half mile from Steeple Drive east of Eagle River.

According to the Division of Forestry, "A helitack crew of three firefighters were dropped off and are currently working to contain the fire while the 20-person Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew based in Palmer and a three-person engine crew from Mat-Su Area Forestry are hiking into the fire to assist with containment efforts."

Videos show aircraft dropping retardant, which DOF says is BlazeTamer, a water-enhanced suppressant, dropped by a Palmer-based air tanker.

The Anchorage Fire Departments says that the fire isn't threatening any homes, and that there's no need for evacuation at this time.

Gilbert Cordova and Lex Treinen contributed to reporting.

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