Wild fires keep firefighters busy over the weekend

Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reported 25 wildland fires over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

All were caused by humans and were put out or contained in the initial attack, said spokesman Andy Williams.

The center reported 11 fires in the Fairbanks area.

Firefighters in the Matanuska-Susitna area contained seven fires.

The Kenai Peninsula and the Copper River area each had three fires and one was reported near Delta Junction.

Williams said the burning of debris and escaped campfires contributed to most of the fires.

The center coordinates fire management resources for the Bureau of Land Management, the Alaska Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service.

Williams said 129 fires have burned 843 acres this year.

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