ANCHORAGE (AP) The Dalton Highway was reopened early Monday morning after a wildfire flare-up closed 16 miles of the road Sunday afternoon.
The highway was closed from Mile 12 north of Livengood to Mile 28 south of the Yukon River Bridge after the fire made a major run south Sunday afternoon, officials said.
Heavy smoke and flames made the road dangerous.
The fire, dubbed the Erickson Creek Fire, was burning on both sides of the highway, said Maggie Rogers of the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. The fire was moving southeast Monday.
The blaze grew 10,000 acres to reach 30,000 acres by Monday morning, Rogers said.
The fire, started by lighting June 17, is in a limited suppression area and is being monitored but not suppressed, officials said.
The road could close again if conditions change, Rogers said.
Alaska Fire Service spokesman Andy Williams said the highway remained open Monday evening. The fire had picked up in the afternoon and gained an additional 4,000 acres.
While winds were light in the area, firefighters were working against temperatures in the high 70s and fairly low humidity.
Another fire near Delta Junction continued burning south Monday toward cabins on the lower Goodpaster River.
Six crews have been assigned to the fire, also caused by lighting, which began June 14 about 25 miles northeast of Delta Junction.
By Monday, the Sand Creek fire had burned approximately 36,500 acres, spreading toward cabins on the South Fork and Central Creek. One outbuilding was destroyed but the 25 cabins in the area were so far untouched.
Fire officials said temporary flight restrictions over the Delta Junction fire were in place.
Elsewhere, crews continued to put out hot spots at the 1,500-acre Albert Creek fire near Central. The blaze was fully contained Thursday night.
Fire officials said temporary flight restrictions over the Albert Creek fire were lifted.
Five of the 22 wildfires burning in Alaska were being fought and the others were monitored, officials said.
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