Cooper Landing fires expand

Two confirmed fires in the Cooper Landing area are expanding and causing problems for residents and responders.

The Juneau Lake fire, located east of Juneau Lake and north of Cooper Landing, has grown to 60 acres, said Mona Spargo, USDA Forest Service Public Information Officer for Chugach National Forest. She said the Stetson Creek fire, formerly called the Russian River fire, is now estimated to be between 75 and 1,000 acres.

“We had one forest service crew on the Juneau Lake fire last night,” Spargo said. “With so many other fires, we’re kind of vying for services.”

Spargo said the Juneau Lake fire caused an evacuation to be ordered for two cabins on Resurrection Pass Trail. She has not received any reports of burned structures in that area, and said no further evacuations have been ordered for the Cooper Landing area.

At about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service for Chugach National Forest released a notice that Resurrection Pass Trail South and Bean Creek Trail to the Devil’s Creek Trail junction have been closed until further notice in conjunction with the Juneau Lake fire.

Spargo said a volunteer firefighting group of 11 people responded to the the Stetson Creek fire Tuesday night to make an initial attack. She said two additional teams are expected to arrive Thursday. A Type 2 team will help with the Stetson Creek fire, and a Type 3 team will address the Juneau Lake fire.

Spargo said both fires are being monitored, but the Stetson Creek Fire is in a position that makes it hard to see. She said more will be known about that fire once crew members are able to get on the ground there.

“(The fires) have been going a little bit north and a little bit south, depending on what the wind’s doing,” she said.