Fire Island (Anchorage, Alaska)

Fire Island (Anchorage, Alaska)

Fire Island (Anchorage, Alaska)

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Fire Island is a long island in the U.S. state of Alaska, located near the head of Cook Inlet at . It is the only island in the Municipality of Anchorage, sitting three miles (5&nbsp;km) off the city's Point Campbell, and nine miles (14.5&nbsp;km) from downtown. Its land area is 17.467&nbsp;km<sup>2</sup> (6.7439 sq mi, or 4,316.1 acres), and there was no permanent resident population at the 2000 census.

The island's Dena’ina name is Nutuł’iy, or "object that stands in the water". George Vancouver called it "Turnagain Island" in 1794, after Turnagain Arm, which the southeast side of the island faces. The Russian Hydrographic Department's Chart 1378, published in 1847, called it Ostrov Mushukhli (Mushukhli Island), possibly an approximation of Nutuł’iy. "Fire Island" had become established by 1895, when that name was published by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Fire Island was the site of Dena’ina fish camps until the 1970s. A Dena’ina elder reported that a village had once existed as well, but an epidemic forced the survivors to move to Point Possession on the Kenai Peninsula sometime before 1934. During World War II, the U.S. Army used it as an observation point to guard against Japanese submarines.

In September 1951, the U.S. Air Force 626th Airborne Control and Warning Squadron was established on the island at a base on its southern end called Fire Island AFS. Staffed by about 200 personnel, the base was...
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