Alaska fire team heads to Oregon to fight blaze

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of Alaska wildfire managers flew to Medford, Ore., Sunday to assist in the 495,000-acre Biscuit Complex fire.

The team includes about 40 of the state's most experienced fire managers, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. There are 16 such teams in the country, the center said.

The Alaska team has already assisted in Utah and Arizona fires this summer.

In Oregon, the team will help command firefighters in one of the sectors of the vast fire burning through southwestern Oregon.

Meanwhile, Alaska's own fire season was winding down over the weekend. Remaining firefighters were removed Saturday from the 227,000-acre Reindeer Fire near Holy Cross, fire managers said.

The coordination Center said 41 fires remained active in Alaska, but none were being staffed.

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