Updated 10:15 PM PDT
- The Moose Creek Fire was reported @ 2:10 AM on October 15th by a passing motorist.
- The Moose Creek Fire is burning near the Moose Creek Campground.
- About 12 miles North of Palmer and 5 miles South of Sutton, Alaska.
- Fire fuels are burning in cured grass and hardwoods.
- The cause is unknown and under investigation, but media is now reporting this is a human-caused fire with an escaped debris pile fire.
Current Fire Conditions:
- Fire crews are facing the harsh sub-freezing cold weather and even more colder temps from extreme windy conditions.
- On Saturday, Fire managers used burn out operations to reinforce the containment line on the north flank with most of the fire on that side being fully contained.
- On Sunday, fire crews are focusing most of their fire suppression efforts on the western perimeter which appears to be the most active portion of the fire.
- At the time of fire being reported, it was at 10 acres.
- Today, it is at 300 acres with a 25% containment status.
- This Fire comes late into the Wildfire Season and most firefighters with most of them already laid off.
- Fire Managers forced to scramble to find Staffing.
- About 50 Firefighters are assigned from BLM Alaska Fire Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service.
- 2 Helicopters are assisting ground fire crews and dropping water over the fire, but at times the winds were too fierce for flying.
NW Fire Blog:
- We are using the following hashtags for this article: #MooseCreekFire #AkWILDFIRE
From the Fireground:
- “Winds wreaking havoc for firefighters in Matanuska Valley.” – AK Forestry (10/16/2016)
- “Palmer Correctional Center inmates evacuated.” – Media (10/16/2016)
The People Have Spoken:
- “Late-season fire burning near Sutton – Surface fuels burn.” (10/16/2016).
- “Wildfire season keeps getting longer..” (10/15/2016)
- “It was pretty hazy out here today.” (10/15/2016)
- “Helicopters pulling water out of Elks Lake.” (10/15/2016)
- “The weather combo of cold & wind at the
#MooseCreekFire is BRUTAL.” (10/16/2016)
- “Alaska Div. Forestry says
#MooseCreekFire is human caused–started as an escaped debris fire.” (10/16/2016)
- “Forestry says the wind is too strong for helicopters to assist.” (10/16/2016)”
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