2-Acre Wildfire Near Downtown Glennallen 70% Contained As Of 5 pm, April 28th

  Firefighters Succeed In Containing 2-Acre Fire Near Downtown Glennallen  Moose Creek Fire in Glennallen, April 28th. (Mike Trimmer, DNR)  ...

 

Firefighters Succeed In Containing 2-Acre Fire Near Downtown Glennallen 

Moose Creek Fire in Glennallen, April 28th. (Mike Trimmer, DNR) 

UPDATED STORY: 5 PM APRIL 28TH 
(Adapted from DNR Information)
 
A fast-growing brush fire in Glennallen was quickly knocked down on Wednesday, April 28th when firefighters struck back at the 2-acre blaze in a full scale suppression effort. Although two uninhabited structures were destroyed, no homes were damaged.

Firefighters from Glennrich Fire Rescue and the Valdez/Copper River Area Forestry office were first on scene and a helicopter from the Mat-Su Area office also responded with a load of five firefighters. 

By 5 pm the Moose Creek Fire in Glennallen was 70% contained and firefighters expected to reach full containment by 6 pm. 


Snow Disappears, Uncovering Dry Brush 
The fire had been reported only a few hours before, as snow evaporated, leaving flammable tinder. 

As the fire was brought under control, resources from the Glennrich Fire Rescue crew had been released from the scene and a firefighting helicopter was also released from duty. 

State Forestry, concerned with the problem of hazardous materials, took a picture of a helicopter water drop taken by Mat-Su helitack member Brogan Putman, (below), to show some of the old rubber tires that firefighters had to contend with while fighting this fire. An excavator was ordered to help deal with the haz mat that was burning, Forestry said.

This is not the only such fire in Alaska. There have been grass fires in the Mat-Su Valley and Homer, as snow rapidly melts, DNR says. 


Rubber tires at the Moose Creek Fire. (Brogan Putman, Mat-Su Helitack)


ORIGINAL STORY: APRIL 28TH 
(Adapted from DNR Information)

The fire, named the Moose Creek Fire, was reported at 12:23 pm on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021, along Moose Creek Road. The fire is believed to have started as a result of previous burning activity that was not fully extinguished. The fire escaped into grass and then into the wildland where it was slowly spreading, State Forestry said. It was very near downtown Glennallen, including the Glennallen School. 

Firefighters from Glennrich Fire Rescue and the Valdez/Copper River Area Forestry office were first on scene, and a helicopter from the Mat-Su Area office also responded with a load of five firefighters. The helicopter dropped water on hazardous materials that were burning within the fire perimeter, Forestry said. 

There were about 20 firefighters and multiple engines from Glennrich Fire Rescue and the Division of Forestry working to suppress the fire throughout the day. 

Two old and uninhabited structures were burned, but no homes were apparently threatened according to DNR. A large column of black smoke was visible from downtown Glennallen. The public was asked to avoid the area for their safety. 


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