Lightning ignites 2 fires on southern end of peninsula

Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002

The Circle Lake fire, reported to Homer fire dispatchers Wednesday, was contained and controlled as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.

"All our (fire-fighting) crews are back now," forestry spokesperson Tammy Westover said Friday. "We will keep the area in monitor status for one full burn cycle -- until we get a lot of rain."

The fire, reported by a Homer resident on East End Road, was believed to have been caused by lightning. Inaccessible by road, the fire was fought by two air retardant tankers and a helicopter. Fire engines from the Division of Forestry and the Homer Fire Department were dispatched to provide structure protection around some cabins about one mile from the fire.

Approximately six acres burned. No structures were damaged.

A second fire -- also lightning caused -- was reported near the Anchor River Wednesday but was restricted to one tree and some brush around it, a forestry spokesperson said. That fire was quickly put out.

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