Strong winds hamper containment of fire off Glenn Highway
Posted October 18
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Strong wind continues to hamper efforts to contain a wildfire north of the Glenn Highway near Sutton.
The fire covering a half-square mile came within 75 feet of the highway Monday morning. State officials closed the highway for a half hour.
The Division of Forestry bulldozed two lines parallel to the fire to keep it from moving closer to the highway and west into the Moose Creek drainage, where it could threaten homes.
Officials Monday night estimated containment at 22 percent.
The Division of Forestry says the fire is burning mostly surface fuels such as dry leaves and grass.
A forestry investigator says embers escaping from a debris burn Saturday morning started the wildfire.
Three smaller fires sprang up Monday when wind pushed trees onto power lines.