- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The state Division of Forestry says the wildfire season is starting early in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The division says fire escaped Monday from an unattended burn barrel, lit brush and destroyed a shed with tools near Meadow Lakes west of Wasilla.

Firefighters from the Central Mat-Su Fire Department and Meadow Lakes Fire Department prevented the fire from spreading to a home and kept the burn area to one-tenth of an acre.

The homeowner was issued a warning for an inadequate fire break and uncontrolled spread of a fire.

Firefighters say the incident illustrates how dry conditions are in southcentral Alaska.

It was the second wildfire of the season.

A fire on open tundra was ignited Feb. 22 by live-fire training on military land about 10 miles south of Delta Junction.

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