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Alaska village, subdivision evacuated due to fire

Alaska village, subdivision evacuated due to fire

Fire crews using bulldozers fought to contain a wildfire in eastern Alaska, after more than 100 homes were evacuated ahead of the fast-moving flames, officials said.
The Eagle Trail fire reached the village of Tanacross late Thursday and burned around it because fire crews "did such a great job," said Celeste Prescott with the Alaska Division of Forestry.
She said bulldozers would work through the night to protect the Eagle Subdivision with a containment line.
The fire was first reported Wednesday at five acres (2 hectares) but with unusually hot and dry conditions it had reached 4,000 acres (1,620 hectares) by Thursday night.
Earlier, 50 homes were evacuated in Tanacross and about 60 homes in the nearby Eagle Subdivision, about 170 miles southeast of Fairbanks, fire officials said. There were no reports of injuries or structures burned, fire information officer Sarah Saarloos told The Associated Press.
Some 165 firefighters were working on the blaze, and forestry officials have called for all available resources in the state, including air tankers, helicopters and bulldozers.
Temperatures in the 80s and low relative humidity made for ideal wildfire conditions Thursday, and Prescott said more of the same was expected Friday.
Alaska drivers headed into Canada were being warned to expect delays. Prescott said the Alaska Highway was open, but smoky and being used by emergency vehicles.


Updated : 2021-06-14 02:04 GMT+08:00