A grass fire east of Homer burned more than eight acres Thursday evening before firefighters were able to put it out. Andy Alexandrou of the state Division of Forestry said the fire started around 4 p.m. at about Mile 12 of East End Road, near Sandra Street. The blaze quickly grew from a half-acre to eight acres in less than two hours.
At least seven Forestry firefighters were on the scene within 30 minutes. Firefighters with Kachemak Emergency Services were also there, conducting structure protection operations. There was a home located near the head of the fire and another home about a half-mile away.
Two aircraft tankers were called in to the fire, as were the Pioneer Peak hotshots, who were diverted from the Funny River fire on the central Kenai Peninsula.
By about 6 p.m., the fire was out.