Fire subdued on Prince of Wales Island

Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2000

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A brush fire that started over the weekend near Sandy Point on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska's Southeast charred about eight acres before it was brought under control by U.S. Forest Service crews.

Firefighters returned to the remote area Tuesday to monitor some areas that were still smoking, said Gary Barlow, a fire management officer with the agency.

The fire has not been declared out and could rekindle, he said. ''We will continue to check it ...,'' Barlow said.

The Forest Service said the blaze began Saturday in some felled timber on Sealaska Corp. land.

Three squads and a helicopter with a water bucket worked on the fire. The burn was in an area accessible only by boat or plane. The cause of the fire was not yet known.

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