Weather Gives Break to Firefighters Near Fairbanks

Light rain and cooler temperatures gave firefighters a break on a wildfire east of Fairbanks but emergency authorities are warning residents not to unpack pickups that may need to again evacuate people and belongings.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- Light rain and cooler temperatures gave firefighters a break on a wildfire east of Fairbanks but emergency authorities are warning residents not to unpack pickups that may need to again evacuate people and belongings.
The Stuart Creek 2 Fire on Tuesday had burned 129 square miles. The Chena River continued to buffer homes from the fire.
The Interagency Management Team late Monday lifted an evacuation notice for residents living along a 16-mile stretch of Chena Hot Springs Road, which runs roughly parallel to the river.
Fire service spokeswoman Michelle says returning residents have been warned to stay alert in case fire crossed the river. She says hot, dry weather is in the forecast.
More than 700 people are assigned to fight the fire.