Aggressive Blaze Burns Near Palmer

The fire burning by Eklutna Lake near Palmer has grown. It has now burned 1,300 acres. John See is with the division of forestry. He says the blaze was very aggressive yesterday.

See says the majority of the burn in on the east side of the lake, except for a 30 acre spot fire on the west side. He says there are some public use cabins about a mile from the fire, but they’re safe for now. See says cloud cover and higher humidity may help slow the growth of the fire, but wind gusts are also hitting the area. The lake is about 12 miles south of Palmer. Some area residents were ready to evacuate last evening but didn’t. See says there will be an informational meeting at the Eklutna Lake campground tonight, starting at 6:00 pm.

90 firefighters are currently working on suppression efforts. Another crew is arriving today.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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