Wildfire burns southwest of Nenana

Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Fire Service reports that a wildlife southwest of Nenana has grown to more than 23,000 acres, but its growth has slowed in the last two days.

Fire service spokesman Doug Stockdale says strong winds earlier in the week fueled the blaze, but on Thursday temperatures were cooler and humidity higher and the fire began slowing. Temperatures were higher Friday and humidity lower, but low winds kept the fire from growing significantly.

Stockdale says smokejumpers and firefighters battling the Toklat fire are working to keep it away from more than 20 private cabins and two Native allotments along the Kantishna River.

The fire was reported Sunday on the east side of the river. Pushed by high winds, the fire grew rapidly on Tuesday, covering seven miles in seven hours.

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