Wildland firefighters were working Tuesday to contain a small fire in the Glennallen area, one of several blazes reported in the opening stages of Alaska’s wildfire season.

The Moose Creek Fire two miles southwest of Glennallen was at roughly 3.5 acres Tuesday evening, according to Alaska Wildland Fire Information statewide map data. The Alaska Wildland Fire Information blog listed the fire, reported at about 2 p.m. on the north bank of the Tazlina River, as burning on land owned by regional Alaska Native corporation Ahtna Inc.

Fire authorities believe the blaze to be human-caused, although the exact cause remains under investigation.

State fire crews responded Tuesday, April 30, 2019 to the Moose Creek Fire southwest of Glennallen. (From Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry)

“A state forestry helicopter is being used to drop water on the fire and a four-person helitack crew was dropped off to begin suppression efforts on the ground,” state officials wrote. “The fire is about 1 mile from the nearest road and not accessible by vehicle. The fire is burning in grass and spruce.”

The Palmer-based Gannett Glacier crew of 17 firefighters was headed to the scene Tuesday night, with plans to hike to the fire site. Crews at the scene were working to deploy a hose line, with initial water drops “effective in suppressing parts of the fire perimeter.”

Dozens of human-caused fires have already been reported statewide as of last weekend, according to state officials.

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