Homer and K-Beach fires controlled

A debris burn spread Tuesday, igniting a .2 acre forest fire off of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The fire was reported at 1:15 p.m. and controlled at 2:30 p.m., said Maggie Rogers, information officer for the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Two engines responded to the fire.

There were no injuries and minimal property damage, Rogers said.

The debris fire was left unattended and no burn permit had been issued, Rogers wrote in an email.

The fire started Monday, but was not called in until Tuesday, according to Rogers’ email.

“It is critical to catch fires while they are small, before they become larger and potentially more dangerous to people and destructive to property,” Rogers wrote.

She said Kenai Peninsula residents should call 911 as soon as they spot a potential wildfire to maximize the emergency response time.

Another .2 acre grass and brush fire caught the same day on the Peninsula near Homer High School, Rogers said.

“They were just small (fires,)” she said. “We’re kind of getting into that time of year with human caused (fires).”

Memorial Day Holiday weekend, each year, is commonly when the Division of Forestry sees most human-caused fires, she said. Peninsula residents burning debris piles, planting gardens or beginning construction projects should be cautious to avoid starting a fire, she said.

Also, with the summer recreation season nearing, residents should know how to properly extinguish a campfire by drenching it with water while stirring it, she said. They should avoid the use of fireworks in illegal locations and adhere to burn permit regulations, too, she said.

Burn permit information can be found at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn/. Residents can check with the Division of Forestry or local fire departments to see if burn suspensions are in place.

To report a fire, call 911.

Dan Schwartz can be reached at daniel.schwartz@peninsulaclarion.com.


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