Small brush fire near South Fork Eagle River trailhead leaves smoke in the area

A small brush fire that started early Monday above a popular Eagle River trailhead isn’t expected to pose a threat to nearby homes, fire officials say.

As of Monday morning, the fire was reported at less than a half-acre, “actively burning” about seven miles up Hiland Road above the South Fork Eagle River Trailhead on the mountain side, according to an Anchorage Fire Department update.

Anchorage Fire Chief Jodie Hettrick said the department got Alaska Division of Forestry crews to the scene “really quickly” after the fire was reported.

Forestry fire crews will continue to work on suppression throughout the day, the update said. Residents will see smoke, but the fire is contained and no danger to homes and no evacuation is required.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Hettrick said.

Zaz Hollander

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