Firefighters from Lower 48 Coming to Alaska

Alaska authorities say firefighters from the lower 48 have been flown up from Oregon to Fairbanks to help fight wildfires

Lime Hills fire west of the Alaska Range

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE  - Alaska authorities say firefighters from the lower 48 have been flown up from Oregon to Fairbanks to help fight wildfires.
   
Warm temperatures are expected to continue this week, keeping the fire danger high.
   
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center says vegetation is expected to be very dry and susceptible to new fire starts, especially with thunderstorms expected.
   
There were five new fires in Alaska Fire Service protection areas over the week, mostly small and easily contained or in very remote areas so officials are just keeping an eye on them. Currently more than 70 wildfires are active in the state.
   
Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman Francis Mitchell said Sunday the Lime Hills fire has grown to about 238 square miles.
   
The fire is growing on its north side, but firefighters have built a mile wide break on the south side between the fire and Lime Village.
   
Mitchell says the fire is mostly burning in a wilderness area so the village is being protected but the fire is not being fought otherwise.
   
It was started by lightning May 31.

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