Wildfire Acreage Greatly Reduced due to Mapping

While a wildfire southwest of the Interior town of Anderson likely will grow, cooler weather and cloud cover are giving firefighters a break for now.

Courtesy: John McColgan BLM Alaska Fire Service

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by Associated Press

While a wildfire southwest of the Interior town of Anderson likely will grow, cooler weather and cloud cover are giving firefighters a break for now.

The Bear Creek fire on Tuesday 14 miles southwest of Anderson
was estimated at 8,200 acres - a big decrease from the previous day
when fire officials estimated its size at about 20,000 acres.

Officials said Tuesday the decrease was due to more accurate
mapping of the fire.

More than 300 fire personnel have been assigned to the Bear
Creek fire, which was started by lightning on June 23. The fire is
only 1 percent contained.

Meanwhile, crews continue to make good progress toward
containing a wildfire that began at the dump in Allakaket. On
Tuesday, the 2,700-acre fire was about 70 percent contained.