Crews focused on fighting partially contained Anchorage fire, officials say
Multiple agencies gathered Wednesday morning to provide an update on the Anchorage wildfire that forced evacuations in the Campbell Creek area yesterday.
Stephanie Bishop with the Alaska Division of Forestry said the MLK Jr. Fire is at 25.25 acres and crews are holding a perimeter at 30% containment. A total of 66 people are working the fire, including a hot-shot crew out of Oregon, two crews from the Matanuska and Susitna valleys and one crew from Gannet Glacier.
"Our crew is confident that we can hold that perimeter by doing some more saw line work today, which is going to be our priority," she said. "What saw line work means is that we are just going to be swathing through the vegetation that is around the perimeter and this is in prevention of allowing that fire to expand or jump the current perimeter that we have."
The trails around the area of the fire are closed. Bishop said this is for the safety of the public, but also for the firefighters.
"Our firefighters are focused on fighting the fire and if the public is entering the area, that focus goes away from their fight and their work and it will become a hazard," Bishop said.
Mike Davidson, a battalion chief with the Anchorage Fire Department, said the department is supporting DOF wildland firefighters on the scene of the fire.
"We want to remind the public that we're in a period of quite high fire danger," he said. "There is a burn ban issued for the entire municipality."
David Burns, with the Anchorage Police Department, said APD has been on the scene since the beginning of the fire assisting DOF and AFD crews. There is currently an APD presence controlling traffic on Elmore Road and on the trails in the Campbell Creek area, mainly at entry points off of Doctor MLK Jr. Avenue, Lake Otis Parkway and Folker Street.
Bishop said the fire is "smoldering" right now. No structures were damaged and no injuries have been reported.
The cause of the fire and point of origin are still under investigation.
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