Alaska Wildfire Grows Near Chena River

A fire south of Two Rivers has grown to 50,000 acres, though its spread is affecting non-populated areas.

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by Associated Press

 FAIRBANKS- A fire south of Two Rivers has grown to 50,000 acres, though its spread is affecting non-populated areas.

 

Fire officials are still cautioning residents that an evacuation could be ordered, while cooler temperatures and lighter winds were expected to help firefighters control the blaze.

 

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center issued the watch for those living from Mile 14 to Mile 32 of Chena Hot Springs Road.

 

Officials say those with special needs or who might have to evacuate livestock or sled dogs may want to consider leaving before an evacuation order is issued.

 

The fire burning on Eielson Air Force base has grown to 78 square miles. Smoke jumpers, retardant tankers and water-scooping aircraft are being used to fight the Stuart Creek wildfire.

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