Both fires in the Cooper Landing area are better contained than they were on Monday.
A press release from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service states the Stetson Creek fire is 55 percent contained, while the Juneau Lake fire is 35 percent contained.
Public Information Officer Meg Cicciarella said there are no new size estimates for either fire. The Stetson Creek fire was last reported as being 212 acres, and the Juneau Lake fire was last reported at 573 acres.
Cicciarella said work continued as planned for both fires throughout Tuesday.
“They are still out there on the line,” Cicciarella said. “They’re working to increase their containment percentage. They’re continuing with their mop-up activities.”
According to an earlier press release, lower temperatures and higher humidity levels helped firefighters in their efforts to establish lines on the southeast section of the Stetson Creek fire and on the west and south sections of the Juneau Lake fire.
In another release from the USDA Forest Service, the first injury sustained through working with the fires was reported. The release states that a firefighter encountered a bear while fighting the Juneau Lake fire, and sustained minor injuries. According to the release, the firefighter was airlifted by a LifeMed helicopter to Anchorage and is “undergoing standard treatment for animal bites.”
Cicciarella said the incident occurred around 8:30 or 9 p.m., Monday, and that the firefighter was male. She said he walked about a mile from where the encounter happened to where the helicopter was waiting. No other injuries have been reported.
Cicciarella said a Temporary Flight Restriction is still in effect for areas over both fires.