North Fork Fire northwest of Homer grows, people asked to prepare for possible evacuation
A fire was reported Sunday night in Anchor Point near North Fork Road, according to the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS). The fire has grown and people are being asked to prepare for a possible evacuation.
People north of the fire who live along North Fork Road and communities in the south on Diamond Ridge Road have been placed in a level one evacuation notice.
Firefighters and aircraft were working on the North Fork Fire on Sunday, AFS wrote in a post on AK Fire Info. There were about 20 firefighters from multiple agencies and two helicopters with water buckets.
"The fire was reported at about 6:45 p.m. and was estimated at 6-7 acres and burning in spruce trees, grass and brush to the east of the intersection of Sandy Avenue and Whitney Street," AFS said. "The fire was reported as active on 100% of its perimeter with flame lengths 3 feet high."
AFS said Monday morning that the fire was about 1.5 miles east of the Sterling Highway between mileposts 164 and 165. As of Monday afternoon, the fire has grown and is estimated to be 25-30 acres and is moving south.
"Fire managers are concerned that if the fire continues to move south, it will reach an area with continuous spruce trees that are very receptive to burning, especially after the continued hot and dry conditions experienced in the area this summer," the Alaska Fire Service said.
Those who have been asked to evacuate should help family members with special needs and make arrangements to move vehicles, including trailers, boats and ATVs. People are also asked to prepare pets and livestock for evacuation, AFS said.
"The fire is burning off of a trail, making [access] difficult, but not impossible for some of the fire brush trucks and firefighters on all-terrain vehicles," AFS said. "The nearest structure is within a half-mile, however, it was not immediately threatened."
An update on AK Fire Info said the Type 2 Initial Attack Yukon Crew was on its way to help with the fire. The Division of Forestry is working with multiple agencies to notify people about evacuations.
For the latest updates on wildfires in Alaska, visit AK Fire Info online or call the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at 907-356-5511.
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