A small brush fire caused by careless burning destroyed a hay barn in Sterling Tuesday before crews from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Central Emergency Services could bring the blaze under control, officials said.
The fire was reported Tuesday afternoon near Mile 76 of the Sterling Highway. When crews arrived on the scene, they found a brush fire had burned about 5 acres.
Three tankers, two brush vehicles, three command vehicles, 20 personnel and four forestry engines were used to fight the blaze. It was contained after approximately eight acres, along with the barn, had burned.
A burn barrel that did not have an adequate fire break near its base is believed to have caused the fire.
A burn ban is in place on the Kenai Peninsula, and fire danger is extremely high.
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