A rare winter wildfire in Alaska causes evacuations

OK, so it’s not officially winter yet, but often this time of the year the Palmer area of Alaska (map) about 40 miles northeast of Anchorage has snow on the ground. Not this year.

On Thursday a truck pulling a trailer crashed and burned on the Palmer-Fishhook Road near the Glenn Highway. Strong winds gusting to 50 mph pushed the fire through 200 acres of brush and grass and into nearby neighborhoods.

Firefighters and state troopers evacuated homes in the area and city officials established an evacuation center at the Palmer Senior Center.

More than 16 fire units responded, including trucks from Palmer, Anchorage, Butte, and Chugiak.

No homes burned, but one shed was consumed along with some propane tanks stored inside, causing what one nearby resident described as explosions, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.