Rain smothers interior Alaska wildfires

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Steady rains have been smothering wildfires in Alaska.

Fire management spokeswoman Sarah Saarloos says that the fires have gone out or died down dramatically, and firefighters on loan from other states have begun to return home.

She says crews at the 18,000-acre Eagle Trail Fire near Tok took the opportunity to do advanced work on a containment ring around the perimeter.

Rain has hit much of the state, with a few places reporting an inch and a half of rainfall in a span of 24 hours.

Officials say there have been more than 300 wildfires this season that have burned more than 800,000 acres across the state.

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