Alaska wildfire crews head south to help with Denver wildfire

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four Alaska-based fire crews and several support workers were headed south Friday to help fight a 99,000-acre wildfire burning near Denver.

The Denver fire has forced the evacuation of more than 5,000 people and destroyed more than 20 homes.

The fire danger in Alaska has eased significantly in the last week, and several crews have been released from fighting fires in the state, said Andy Williams, spokesman for the Alaska Fire Service in Fairbanks.

The orders came from the national Interagency Coordination Center in Idaho.

The three Fairbanks Hot Shot crews headed south are with the federal Alaska Fire Service, and the Glennallen Hot Shot crew is part of the state Division of Forestry. Hot Shot crews are highly trained and hired for an entire season, unlike the state's 73 Emergency Fire Fighter crews.

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