Fire Near Delta Junction Flares Up Again

The interior Alaska wildfire season is supposed to be long over but unseasonable weather is keeping it alive.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- The interior Alaska wildfire season is supposed to be long over but unseasonable weather is keeping it alive.

 

Strong winds and warm temperatures caused the Mississippi Fire near Delta Junction to flare up again.

 

The fire in May was ignited on military training land south of Delta and in August grew to 105 square miles.

 

Alaska Fire Service Manager Kent Slaughter says over the weekend it crossed bulldozer lines and expanded by 300 acres.

 

Slaughter says the fire is 2.5 miles from Whitestone Farms and there's little threat it will spread that far.

 

Temperatures reached 62 Monday in Delta Junction - 19 degrees higher than the previous record. Winds gusted to 63 mph.

 

A 10-member Alaska Fire Service crew responded to the fire Monday.