NENANA - The state Division of Forestry says the Minto Flats South fire about 13 miles northwest of Nenana has grown to more than 79,000 acres and is threatening cabins, timber and a drilling rig.
A management team has been assigned to the fire, which lightning started June 21. The team also will manage the 3,700-acre Lunch Lake fire, about 20 miles north, in the area about 50 miles west of Fairbanks.
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reports there are 38 firefighters at the Minto Flats South Fire. It's one of seven fires staffed with firefighters. More than 50 are burning in the state.
The center reports 354 fires have burned 511,025 acres so far this year. At this time last year, 267 fires had burned 24,912 acres.