North Fork Fire takes advantage of wind, drought

Aug 19, 2019

A small but intense fire was attacked aggressively by firefighters after it flared to life Sunday evening near Anchor Point.
Credit Alaska Div. Forestry

A new wildfire erupted Sunday evening. Firefighters and aircraft responded quickly and were aggressively fighting the new, small fire near the North Fork Road in Anchor Point. The fire flared up around 6:30 p.m. about 1.5 miles east of the Sterling Highway at mile 164.

Two helicopters with water buckets and 20 firefighters from Alaska Division of Forestry, Kachemak Emergency Services and the Anchor Point Fire & Emergency departments are working the fire. The Type 2 Initial Attack Yukon Crew is joining the effort today.

The fire was reported as active on 100% of its perimeter with flame lengths 3-feet high.

The fire is burning off of a trail, making a access difficult, but not impossible for some of the fire brush trucks and firefighters on all-terrain vehicles. The nearest structure is within a half mile, however it was not immediately threatened. Due to the northerly winds that were blowing all day Sunday, the fire was moving south and away from the closest structure.