Firefighters say the first significant wildfire of the season is expected to be fully contained by the end of Saturday night.
The North Eielson Fire was initially reported around one o'clock Friday afternoon. The wildfire manged to burn about 250 acres before it was under control. "The fire was wind driven primarily through the woods. Our woods and the timber are not quite dry enough yet to carry fire so that helped us stop the fire," Mike Goyette, with the Alaska Division of Forestry said.
The fire was originally thought to be caused by a tree falling on a powerline but firefighters now say there are no powerlines in the area and the fire is under investigation. Officials said it's possible the fire may have been man made.
"A Division of Forestry air tanker from Palmer was called in and dropped at least two loads of retardant around the blaze to help keep it from spreading further," according to the Alaska Wildland Fire Information website.