ANCHORAGE - An evacuation directive remained in effect Tuesday night for a rural Fairbanks subdivision threatened by a forest fire, but most residents chose to stay in their homes.
Fire officials on the 484,600-acre Boundary fire northeast of Fairbanks on Monday night issued the evacuation directive to residents of the Haystack subdivision, which contains about 80 homes and about 150 people.
However, just 14 people took advantage of a Red Cross shelter set up at Randy Smith Middle School, said fire information officer Chris Papen, and many subdivision residents chose to monitor the fire at their homes.
The subdivision is a mile or so east of 10.5 Mile Elliott Highway and about 20 miles north of Fairbanks. A fire break that varies according to vegetation, and in some places is just the width of a bulldozer blade, separates the subdivision from forest land.
Erratic winds pushed the southwest edge of the fire toward the subdivision and by Monday night there was some "minor slop over" of fire across the line, four miles east of the subdivision, Papen said.