Caribou Lake Fire 'Contained,' Says Forestry

Aaron Selbig

     Officials with the Alaska Division of Forestry say a fire that burned 12 acres near Caribou Lake over the weekend has been contained. All personnel and equipment are now off site. No structures are believed to have been damaged from the fire.

     Forestry Spokesperson Darren Finley says the fire was called in at about 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. It was located about four miles southwest of Caribou Lake. Finley says two helicopters arrived on the scene shortly after the call and an additional crew was called in from Palmer. 

     Finley says that although the Kenai Peninsula is not currently on a burn suspension, wildfire danger is high, due to dry grasses, low humidity and warm temperatures. He reminds peninsula residents that they need a permit from the Borough to conduct a burn.

     Finley says the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.