Crews fight fire near Yentna

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State forestry crews were battling a blaze in the wilderness west of Willow that had spread to about 150 acres, officials said.

The blaze, about two miles northeast of Yentna Station near the Yentna River, was started by lightning Tuesday along with four other small fires in the area, said forestry spokesman Kevin Koechlein.

It spread quickly in black spruce, but crews were gaining on it, he said.

The nearest structures are about two miles away.

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