DOF crews battle small wildfire near McHugh Creek
The Alaska Division of Forestry tackled a small wildfire near the McHugh Creek Trailhead along the Seward Highway Saturday, according to DOF spokeswoman Sarah Saarloos.
The fire was reported at 10:50 a.m., Saarloos said. A Helitak helicopter and crew from Palmer responded and hauled buckets of water over the fire, which was roughly 150 square feet in size. An engine from Palmer also responded and took over for the helicopter crew once they were on site at the McHugh Creek Trailhead parking lot, according to Saarloos.
The engine crew was still battling the fire as of 1 p.m. and will remain at the fire until it is completely out, Saarloos said.
When asked if visitors to the trail were being turned away during the fire response, Saarloos said she wasn’t sure but “it’s always good to give the firefighters room to get their job done.”
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire and Saarloos said it was unclear what caused it.
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