Wildfire Calms Under Wet Weather

The big wild fire north of Fairbanks has calmed down with recent showery, cool weather.  The Hastings fire has been burning for two weeks, but its growth has slowed in recent days. Information Officer Sarah Sarloos says weather conditions have varied across the over 23,000 acre burn area.

Sarloos says the wet weather is allowing hand-crews to work the fire perimeter directly in areas where subdivisions could be threatened if things dry out again.

Sarloos says the fire remains between the Chatanika River on the south and Washington Creek to the north. Weather has also helped crews working the 58 thousand acre East Volkmar fire northeast of Delta Junction.  There are six other staffed wildfires in the state.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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