Homer fire contained

Posted: Friday, May 06, 2005

With containment lines completely surrounding the Tracy Avenue Fire in Homer, crews are working to secure the lines by mopping up hot spots.

On Wednesday, three bulldozers finished a small stretch of fire line in the northwest corner near the Anchor River ending the advancement of the fire that began April 29. However, hot spots in timber pockets located throughout the fire interior will continue burning and smoke may be visible in the area for the next several days.

Rehab assessment to repair the containment lines started Thursday, as Forestry officials mapped the fire area to determine the amount and scope of work. A majority of the line construction was done by burning out the fuels between the fire and containment lines; no dozer line was constructed in those areas. The fire line rehab project will begin after the ground dries out.

A total of 120 personnel are working on the fire, which started from a down power line. Over the course of a week, the fire burned 5,085 acres.

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