Grass fire quickly extinguished

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

A grass fire burned one-quarter of a mile in Soldotna Monday but spared the homes surrounding it.

According to Kris Eriksen, fire information officer for the Alaska Division of Forestry, the fire was first reported by Alaska State Troopers at 5:13 p.m.

Forestry, troopers and Central Emergency Services responded to the scene on Glacier Avenue, off the east end of Scout Lake Loop Road at Mile 83.5 of the Sterling Highway. The fire was burning in an area of grass and black spruce trees.

Three trooper cars, five forestry vehicles, the forestry's A-Star helicopter and eight CES vehicles, including two tankers, one engine and three brush trucks, responded and contained the fire by 5:45 p.m.

Eriksen said the fire burned single trees in the area but did not cause damage to any structures. She said the helicopter carried a two-person initial attack team but did not drop water due to the crew on the ground.

"When you have a lot of people in the area, you don't want to drop a few thousand gallons of water on them," she said, adding that the ground crew was successful in containing the blaze without the water drop.

Investigators were on the scene, but the cause of the fire had not been determined by early Monday evening.



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