Fire Department Responds to Anchorage Brush Fire

6:57 pm-

Just before 7 pm this evening, Anchorage Fire Department Deputy Chief Jodie Hettrick said by phone, that the south side brush fire was knocked down and contained. Hettrick said the Pioneer Peak hotshot crew came in from Palmer to assist.

“I think we have it contained, just mopping up and making sure all hotspots are extinguished.” Hettrick said.

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6:24 pm

The Anchorage Fire Department is working to contain a five to seven acre brush fire west of Elmore road, near Sundance Circle.

AFD Deputy Chief Jodie Hettrick says a large number of trucks are responding, adding that AFD is “knocking down on all flanks and working to get in front of.”

According to Hettrick, the state’s Division of Forestry sent a helicopter to assist.

There are no road closures at this time and no homes have been evacuated in the area.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. 

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.