Frustrations Over Hastings Wildfire Rising

Cooler, wetter weather has allowed crews battling the Hastings wildfire, north of Fairbanks, to make headway.  Progress is reported on line construction on the over 24,000 acres. Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins told the borough assembly June 2 that local government is cooperating to protect populated areas of Goldstream Valley on the fire’s southern perimeter.

Assembly Member Diane Hutchison expressed concern about sentiments she’s heard from some people that fire fighters are not putting full effort into stopping the Hastings fire that’s burned for almost two weeks.

Over 800 fire fighters are battling the Hastings Fire, and a Type 1 team is managing the response the state’s highest priority wild fire.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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