Campbell creek brush fire believed to be caused by homeless campfire

 Courtesy Steve Strait
Courtesy Steve Strait (KTUU)
Published: May. 15, 2016 at 2:26 PM AKDT
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An investigation into the cause of yesterday’s two acre brush fire near Campbell Creek is underway, fire officials say.

“Preliminary indications say this fire was caused by a homeless camp fire,” wildfire mitigation specialist John See wrote in a statement.

The Division of Forestry says this fire was its 139th response of the season.

“That number is slightly above average for this time of year,” said DOF spokeswoman Sarah Saarloos.

Both the Anchorage Fire Department and the Division of Forestry said they were able to fight the fire effectively due to quick notification from the public, unified command between fire crews and the help of Anchorage Police officers preparing homes for possible evacuation.

Along with concerns of an early fire season, drones flying over the blaze were an issue for firefighters as well. According to See, drones are against federal law if they interfere with firefighting efforts.