Wildfire officials cancel prescribed burn due to weather

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Federal, state and Native Alaska authorities canceled a prescribed burn 30 miles west of Fairbanks because of rainy weather.

The burn Sunday and today was intended to support research that could help Alaskans better protect their homes from forest fires.

The Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group planned to light the fire on the Nenana Ridge in a typical interior Alaska black spruce stand.

The goal was to determine how fire behaves after the fuel it burns is treated by firefighters.

Division of Forestry information officer Maggie Rogers said officials hope to reschedule the burn if firefighters are not called to the Lower 48 to fight wildfires.

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