Hastings Fire Expected to Increase

A large acreage increase is expected when the Hastings wildfire north of Fairbanks, is re-mapped.  Fire Information officer Tacy Skinner says weather condition caused major activity overnight Tuesday.

The fire breached containment lines on the southeast and western flanks, and moved farther north toward Washington Creek.  Skinner says so far fire suppression work, including line building, burn outs and air drops have been able to protect homes along the Chatanika River on the fire’s south side, and in subdivisions to the fire’s northeast.

Over 800 firefighters are assigned to the fire. Cloudy skies, lower temperatures and rain showers eased the fire situation in Fairbanks today

UPDATE:  The Interagency Incident Management Team mapped the fire Wednesday night at 24,069 acres.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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