Wildfire burning near Cooper Landing
COOPER LANDING, Alaska (KTUU) - A wildfire burning at mile 47 of the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing has been responded to by dozens of firefighters from across the Kenai Peninsula.
Kenai Peninsula Emergency Manager Brenda Ahlberg reported that the fire was reported at 5:30 p.m. and grew to approximately two acres in size.
“It is spreading towards the north into the Chugach National Forest. They’ve got some really good suppression activities going on and a lot of resources both on the ground and in the air,” Ahlberg said in an interview. “...We are not anticipating any type of evacuation alerts”
Ahlberg reported that no homes or properties are in danger, and that multiple crews had responded to assist with fire suppression efforts.
“There is significant resources on the ground, in the air to suppress this fire effectively and efficiently and as timely as possible,” Ahlberg said. “This is important to the residents who went through a very scary Swan Lake fire in 2019, and we want to reassure them that we are doing everything possible to ensure that this fire doesn’t grow or that they are in harm’s way.”
According to a Facebook post from the Cooper Landing Emergency Services, a wildland crew from White Mountain, an eight-person crew from Russian River, volunteer firefighters from Cooper Landing and Moose Pass, a U.S. Forest Service engine and a helicopter from the Alaska Division of Forestry responded quickly to help get control of the wildfire.
“This fire is knocked down and the Landing can sleep tonight,” the post said.
Ahlberg noted that despite it being relatively early in the fire season, numerous sources of dry fuels were available in the area.
This story has been updated with additional information.
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