Wildfire put out late Saturday afternoon

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Crow Point fire grew to over 15 acres near Eagle Beach State Park before it was contained at 5:30 pm Saturday.

    U.S. Forest Service Spokesperson Paul Robbins said six firemen responded, four via jet boat and two on ATVs.  They also had a helicopter in service dropping water on the fire.

    There were no reports of threatened structures or people.

    Firemen were on the scene for over five hours.  One firefighter suffered a minor injury when he was poked in the eye by a stick.

    Robbins said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.  He said the fire was human-caused.

    "Over 90 percent of these fires are caused by humans not properly putting out their campfires or burning trash.  A lot of the time it is just campfires that get out of control because folks aren't using designated areas or starting fires too close to trees or overhanging bushes.  Sometimes they leave the fire before it is completely out and the wind picks it up and sends them out into some dry brush."

    Robbins urged residents to be extra careful when starting fires.

    He also requested people not to fly drones while they are fighting fires.  Firemen had to cease operations with the helicopter for 30 minutes after a private drone was flown into the area.

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