Small wildfire stamped out

Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010

A small fire ignited Friday afternoon on Kenai Wildlife Refuge land near Mile 46 of the Kenai River, serving as a reminder of the fire risk that comes with early spring on the Kenai Peninsula.

"It's pretty well out," Alaska Division of Forestry fire prevention officer Sharon Roesch said Friday afternoon of the approximately 50-foot-by-25-foot blaze. "Wind from the northeast pulled it under a 20-inch spruce tree. It ran up a couple different spruce trees. Other than that, nothing happened."

The fire didn't damage any structures, according to Roesch. She did not know what caused the blaze.

The people who called the fire in, also helped put it out.

"Some people in a boat had seen it and stomped around on it," Roesch said. "By the time the helicopter got there, (the fire) was already pretty well down."

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