Weather conditions increase fire danger

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Gusty winds and dry weather have brought dangerous fire conditions to Alaska and the National Weather Service issued a red flag wildfire warning.

Fire officials urged residents not to burn under the conditions.

Firefighters Thursday continued to complete fire lines on a 500-acre fire on Fort Wainwright. The fire was started Wednesday during a military exercise in an area designated for controlled burning.

Officials said the fire was mostly quiet despite winds and low humidity.

Five crews are still working on fire line restoration at the Tok River fire, which started May 27 and burned 5,600 acres.

Four new fires were reported Thursday, the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center said.

The volunteer fire department in Healy reported a one-acre, human-caused fire. Crews were released after a fire line was established.

A human-caused fire and a lightning-caused fire were reported in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Firefighters extinguished both.

A one-acre fire was caused by lightning 12 miles west of Bethel. Smoke jumpers contained the fire Friday morning.

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