• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m

Firefighters contend with lack of hydrants on the Hillside

By Lauren Maxwell 7:27 PM January 20, 2014

Birch Road fire proved tricky

ANCHORAGE - Firefighters faced some challenges fighting a destructive house fire Sunday night.

The home is located on Birch Road, just off O’Malley Road. One of the biggest obstacles faced by firefighters is that no one saw the fire until it was totally involved. No one was inside the home, but by the time firefighters got there flames were shooting out of the roof.

Another challenge firefighters faced is a more familiar one, no fire hydrants. That’s no surprise. Most of the homes on the Hillside aren’t on municipal water and don’t have hydrants. Firefighters had to call in every tender truck in town to fight the flames.

“Almost all the homes up on the Hillside are pretty big homes and pretty expensive,” said AFD Cpt. Robert St. Clair. “Whenever we have a fire up there it usually grows by the time we get there and we need all the water we can get right away.”

The tenders hold up to 2,500 gallons of water and can shuttle it back and forth to the fire scene. The municipality has four of them in town and a fifth in Eagle River.

Latest Stories

  • Politics

    Senate considers Permanent Fund spending bill with minimum PFD guarantee

    by Liz Raines on Feb 09, 21:34

      JUNEAU — Alaska lawmakers from all parties agree they need to focus on bridging the state’s unprecedented budget shortfall this legislative session. The fastest way to do it is by using the Permanent Fund’s earnings to pay for government, instead of the Permanent Fund dividend program. In December, Gov. Bill Walker introduced a proposal that […]

  • Lifestyle

    ‘Schools on the Edge’ Part Two: Dillingham

    by Daniella Rivera on Feb 09, 21:20

      ANCHORAGE — “I didn’t really expect to get this job,” Jolin Kapotak said, sitting in front of a 3D scanner. The work he’s doing at the University of Fairbanks Alaska Bristol Bay Campus is tedious, but revolutionary. Four years ago, a pregnant whale washed up on Dillingham shores. Now, he’s working on what UAF […]

  • Politics

    Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation lets public weigh in on bills to change fund spending

    by Liz Raines on Feb 09, 20:50

      JUNEAU — The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19 at the Atwood building in Anchorage to discuss three bills in the Legislature that would impact the workings of the fund. Those bills include the governor’s proposed Senate Bill 128, Sen. Lesil McGuire’s SB114, and Rep. Mike […]

  • News

    Predictions show southcentral Alaska at risk in 2016 wildfire season

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 09, 20:29

      ANCHORAGE — The conditions are right for an early and damaging wildfire season. How do experts know? The science behind predicting where the fire season will spark looks at available fuel, past precipitation and the weather right now. Alaska’s 2015 wildfire season was the second biggest on record, with more than five million acres […]

  • News

    Mardi Gras keeps bakers busy making king cakes

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 09, 20:06

      ANCHORAGE — On “Fat Tuesday,” House of Bread bakers were sending king cakes out the door as fast as they could make them. “We’ve made about 100 but we have another batch coming up and we keep getting people coming in and we’re running out,” said manager Carson Baldiviez around 10:30 that morning. “It’s […]

  • DayBreak

    Travel Tuesday: Go West Summit

    by Daybreak Staff on Feb 09, 17:07

    With the state grappling with a massive deficit, low oil prices and the loss of jobs in the oil industry, tourism has never been more important. That’s why a special travel-related event later this month couldn’t come at a better time. Tuesday, Julie Saupe, the President and CEO of Visit Anchorage joined Daybreak to talk […]

  • News

    N. Korea used a cagey new trick in rocket launch

    by CBS/AP on Feb 09, 16:58

    Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea’s navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong. South Korean officials and foreign analysts say […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage correctional officer assaulted by inmate

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 09, 16:47

    A correctional officer working at the Anchorage Correctional Complex was assaulted by an inmate Tuesday, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers were notified of the attack just before noon, an online dispatch explained. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Major Crimes Unit was also notified. The officer received minor injuries and was taken to a nearby […]