Rain assists fight vs. wildfire east of Fairbanks

Jul 11, 2013 -- 10:30am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A spokesman for the Alaska Fire Service says a wildfire east of Fairbanks is now 25 percent contained. Bernie Pineda tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that cooler weather and rain continue to bring relief to crews on the Stuart Creek 2 Fire. The 131-square mile fire began June 19 on military land. It threatened to cross the Chena River and burn homes along Chena Hot Springs Road, the 55-mile route connecting the Steese Highway to the historic hot springs. Firefighters Sunday asked residents along a 16-mile stretch of the road to evacuate. The request was lifted Monday. Pineda says fire crews are trying to connect three fire containment lines. More than 700 people are working on the fire and officials estimate the firefighting cost so far at $7.9 million.
 

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