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 the Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start in broadcasting at the age of 11 as the park announcer of the fast pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 24 years. She was the co-founder and former Editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring northern Wisconsin writers and artists. She worked for 7 years at tribal station WOJB on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Reservation in Wisconsin, first as an on-air programmer and special projects producer and eventually News Director. In 1997 she co-hosted a continuing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program on station KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio brought her to Alaska where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. Following her work there, she helped co-found the non-profit broadcast company Native Voice Communications. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News as well as producing many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer of INN. 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. Her print work and interviews have been published in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalist’s Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell and as a freelance editor. 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. Townsend was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island as well as a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. She is an avid reader, a rabid gardener and counts water skiing, training horses, diving and a welding certification among her past and current interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori