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A speedy and fortuitous response by local volunteer firefighters helped keep a small brush fire from becoming a major blaze Sunday afternoon near Mirror Lake in Chugiak.

“We were fortunate to catch it,” said Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department assistant chief Clifton Dalton Sunday afternoon at Camp Gorsuch Boy Scout camp near Mirror Lake, where firefighters extinguished a 100-by-200-foot blaze before it burned any buildings.

No one was injured after a condominum caught fire on Vista Ridge Loop Friday afternoon in downtown Eagle River.

Anchorage Fire Department Assistant Chief Erich Scheunemann told the Anchorage Daily News the fire was reported at 5:24 p.m. and under control by 5:56 p.m.

Police are looking for a 41-year-old woman who allegedly punched her roommate during an Aug. 4 altercation on Woodland Ave. in Chugiak.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, officers were called at around 2 a.m. for a report of an assault. Officers said they found an adult woman had confronted Jacqueline M. Nicholi about a possible theft, at which point Nicholi allegedly punched the woman causing “visible injuries.” Police said Nicholi left before officers arrived.

Last week’s Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon was all about fitness — even if not everyone opted for a salad.

As attendees dined on gyros and fries, guest speaker Ericka Mulder, a nurse practitioner with the Anchorage Women’s Clinic, discussed ways people can combat obesity and live healthier lifestyles. While eating right is important, she said getting active can provide a wealth of health benefits.

“We’re just not engaging in enough physical activity,” said Mulder, who pointed to statistics showing Americans have obesity rates approaching 40 percent.

State fire crews were able to contain a small wildland fire in the Meadow Creek Valley near Eagle River Monday afternoon, fire officials say.

The Steeple Fire was reported by residents who saw the fire from their houses “just after noon on Monday,” according to information from the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was burning in the Meadow Creek Valley area but did not threaten any structures.

“The fire does not pose a threat to any homes at this time” the Division of Forestry wrote.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Sweat mixed with sunscreen and insect repellent stung my eyes as I turned right (west) off the main South Fork trail onto a smaller trail into the second pass that in my opinion is incorrectly named “Rendezvous Pass.” Likewise, signage on a post at the first pass is incorrectly labelled “Hunters Pass.”

Police arrested a 26-year-old Georgia man on Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly kicked-in his ex-girlfriend’s door while armed with a handgun and physically removed a 2-year-old child from the woman’s apartment.

It may be slow going for a while for Glenn Highway commuters, but a speedier highway is on the way.

Construction on “Phase II” of the Glenn Highway Artillery to Hiland Capacity Improvements is now underway along the state’s second-busiest highway corridor. The project will add a new three-lane southbound bridge across the Eagle River alongside the northbound bridge completed in 2015, as well as a new southbound frontage road west of the Glenn.

A brush fire that broke out overnight near the South Fork Eagle River trailhead is under control and does not pose a threat to nearby homes, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

The fire is about a half-acre in size and burning on the mountain side of the South Fork trail near Mile 7 of Hiland Road.

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