Cooler weather and hard work by firefighters helped to contain the Kobe Fire on Saturday. The evacuation alert for the city of Anderson has been lifted, and the alert for the Kobe Agriculture and Anderson subdivisions has been reduced to a “Level 1: Ready,” which means residents should be aware there is a threat in the area and to assemble items for a potential evacuation.
This weekend, firefighters began building containment lines around the perimeter of the 1,200-acre fire, which began Thursday and quickly grew, forcing evacuation of the two remote subdivisions near Mile 275 Parks Highway, about 85 miles south of Fairbanks.
Bulldozers are carving out a containment line and firefighters are setting up pumps and hose along that line to provide a water supply to mop up any hotspots, according to the state Division of Forestry.
Rain kept the fire from spreading.
At about 1 a.m. Saturday, firefighters from Anderson Volunteer Fire Department and Fairbanks Area Forestry responded to a spot fire reported by a homeowner. Winds fanned a smoldering berm pile to life, causing a small fire about 10-feet by 25-feet, according to the incident commander.
The homeowner used a bulldozer to contain the fire, and firefighters quickly suppressed it. Firefighters are working now to prevent further flare ups.
Winds continue to pose a challenge, especially on the southern edge of the fire, where smoldering berm piles can be fanned into flames.
Shelters in both Healy and Nenana are both closed, but will remain available if needed. Information on protecting homes from fire can be found at www.firewise.org.
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