North Fork Fire Updates

Aug 19, 2019

Fire burning near the North Fork Road in Anchor Point Sunday night. Photo taken from Diamond Ridge.
Credit Carey Restino

Update at 9:00 a.m. Monday:
Click on the audio below for an update from Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella. 
Howie Kent, Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry said that no cause has been determined for the fire as yet. The North Fork fire is now estimated at 10 to 12 acres. 21 personnel are working on the fire. 2 Bulldozers have been ordered to work this morning and their helicopters come on shift at 10 this morning. Kent says that forestry's goal is to have the fire contained by Monday afternoon.

This is a developing story. Updates will be added as they become available.

Firefighters and aircraft are responding to a fire burning near the North Fork Road in Anchor Point. The fire started about 6:45 Sunday night. About 20 firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry, Kachemak Emergency Services and the Anchor Point Fire & Emergency departments and two helicopters with water buckets were working on the North Fork Fire burning about 1.5 miles east of the Sterling Highway between mile 165-164. It was estimated last night at 6-7 acres and burning in spruce trees, grass and brush to the east of the intersection of Sandy Avenue and Whitney Street. The fire was reported as active on 100% of its perimeter with flame lengths 3-feet high.The fire is burning off of a trail, making a access difficult, but not impossible for some of the fire brush trucks and firefighters on all-terrain vehicles.

UPDATE: At 10:22 p.m. last night, AK Forestry announced that the Type 2 Initial Attack Yukon Crew was en route to join the effort to suppress the North Fork Fire.