Dry, windy weather could fan wildfires

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A fire weather watch was issued Tuesday for parts of the Alaska Interior because of gusty winds and low humidity.

That can only make things worse for nearly 300 firefighters who have been protecting cabins and trying to contain a number of fires known as the Railbelt Complex near Nenana. The lightning-caused fire began nearly a month ago and has covered 219,000 acres.

The Railbelt Complex fire is one of several large wildfires burning in Alaska, where so far this year more than 400 fires have burned over 1 million acres.

Other large fires are burning in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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