Fire in Nikolaevsk burns five acres

May 14, 2018

A fire in Nikolaevsk following a retardant drop from an air tanker Monday evening.
Credit The Alaska Division of Forestry

Editor's note: This story has been updated in another post.   

Updated: 10:59 p.m. 5/14/18

Firefighters responded to a brushfire in Nikolaevsk Monday afternoon.

The blaze was reported at about 4 p.m. Monday. At the scene, Anchor Point Fire Chief Al Terry said both the Division of Forestry and his department were already at the scene of another fire when the call came in.

“We were on a another fire up in Happy Valley. It was little over 3.5 acres, and we responded to this one along with Forestry,” Terry said.  “Since we were coming from such a long distance, we requested help from Kachemak Emergency [Services] and City of Homer Volunteer Fire Department.”

As of 7 p.m., firefighters had not put out the fire completely, but flames had died down. Terry said the blaze did not destroy or pose a threat to any homes or structures.

He added that strong winds and dry brush have increased the fire danger within the area in recent days.  

“Right now, all the grass on top is very dry,” Terry explained. “I think we were at a moderate fire level this morning. So, probably in the morning if we don’t get any rain, the fire level may go up even higher than it was today.”

In a post on its website, the Division of Forestry said the fire burned roughly five acres of grass, brush and a patch of dead trees.

Forestry said the wind was blowing the fire away from the small village and into a wet area as the evening went on.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but the Division of Forestry believes it’s human caused.

 

 

Published 7:33 p.m. 

 

Firefighters from Anchor Point, Homer, Kachemak Emergency Services and the Alaska Division of Forestry responded to a responded to a wildfire in Nikolaevsk Monday afternoon.

The blaze was reported at about 4 p.m. Monday. The Division of Forestry says flames burned roughly five acres of grass, brush and a patch of dead trees.

As of 7 p.m., the fire was still not completely contained, but flames had died down. Forestry says the blaze does not pose any threats to homes or other structures, and that the wind is blowing flames into a wet area.

Forestry believes the fire is human caused and says the incident is under investigation.

 
Editor's note: This story has been updated in another post. 

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