3 brush fires hit Fairbanks area

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Three brush fires made worse by high wind and dry conditions kept Fairbanks area firefighters busy Saturday.

The biggest fire was in a subdivision of Chena Ridge west of Fairbanks.

The suspected cause is a tree falling on a power line, which created sparks that lit dry brush.

Division of Forestry spokesman Pete Buist (BEWST) says firefighters surrounded about 10 acres to contain the fire.

An aerial tanker dropped retardant, smokejumpers deployed and two hotshot crews responded. One outbuilding was destroyed.

A second brush fire was quickly contained near Mile 17 Chena Hot Springs Road east of Fairbanks.

A third fire burned in three acres off Ballaine Road near the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Wind gusts Saturday reached 30 mph.

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