Wildfire threatens village

Posted: Monday, August 03, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are helping crews fight a wildfire moving toward a small village in eastern Alaska, but the weather is expected to warm again.

Fire information officer Sarah Saarloos said Sunday the blaze is about four miles from the center of Circle, a community of about 95.

Saarloos said the fire is slightly more than a mile from a home on the outskirts of the community.

No evacuations are in the works and there are no reported injuries, according to fire officials.

Erratic winds and dry conditions fueled the fire Saturday. Crews were bracing for increasing winds forecast for the days ahead.

"Wind is the wheels of the fire," Saarloos said.

The blaze, called the Bluff Creek Fire, is estimated to be at least 45 square miles.

It is among four wildfires burning close together that officials are calling the Crazy Mountain Complex. At least 490 square miles have burned in the region, making the blaze the second largest in the state.

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