North Fork Fire

The two Lower Kenai Peninsula wildfires the ignited in recent days did not see any growth Monday night. The 59-acre North Fork Fire near Diamond Ridge between Anchor Point and Homer has been surrounded, according to Howie Kent, with the Incident Command in Soldotna.
 “We've got dozer line around 100 percent of that fire, but we're not calling it contained just yet because there's still some active fire within the perimeter there. It's currently a 59 acres and we're not expecting that fire to move anymore,” Kent said.

      The fast moving Caribou Lake Fire, located about 25 miles northeast of Homer in the Fox Creek Drainage, grew from approximately 50 acres to approximately 150 acres in an hour last night.

A load of smokejumpers have been deployed to work on protecting the nearly 30 structures that are threatened by the fire.

Tactical firefighting aircraft – including Fire Bosses, two heavy airtankers, and the local Alaska Division of Forestry helicopter – are currently assisting firefighters on the ground with both water and retardant drops.

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.