Firefighters keep MLK Jr. Fire from spreading
On Tuesday the MLK Jr. fire near Elmore Road was 25.2 acres; as of Thursday evening, it still sat at 25.2 acres — no spread at all since the fire erupted on July 2.
Division of Forestry incident commander Trevor Kauffman says they've found several small fires around the edge of the main blaze, but none of those stops have been larger than 10 feet square.
Kauffman says crews now have a fire hose line around the entire perimeter and that more crews were brought in Thursday to help make sure the fire does not move out of containment lines.
"The Anchorage Fire Department called up about 12 firefighters from their day off on Fourth of July and they were all happy to come out here on the Fourth and spend time away from their families to serve the community. And so right now today we've got 33 firefighters from around Alaska all here on Fourth of July, and we're happy to be here," he said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. There are no reports of injuries or any structures burning.
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