Weather helps crews battling Alaska wildfires

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Rain and cool, humid weather were combining to dampen some of the wildfire danger around Alaska's Interior, but crews were remaining busy.

Smokejumpers responded to three new lightning-caused fires near Galena on Thursday, while crews continued working on two large burns around Tanana.

Smokejumpers were mopping up two fires of 20 acres and another half-acre blaze near Teller on Friday, along with an eight-acre fire near White Mountain east of Nome.

Crews at the 123,000-acre Bering Creek fire southeast of Tanana finished a burnout on the west side of that fire to protect some allotments. The 165,000-acre Zitziana fire south of Manley didn't appear to be growing, but a crew was standing by in case any cabins are threatened.

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center said 38 fires were burning Friday in Alaska. Firefighters were deployed at five of those burns while the others were being monitored.

Overall, 331 fires have charred some 702,000 acres around the state so far this year.

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