Rain slows Willow Creek wildfire in Alaska

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Cool, damp weather sprinkled with some rain has slowed the progress of the Willow Creek Fire southwest of Fairbanks.

The smoldering wildfire has held at 12,750 acres - about 20 square miles - for the past few days. But it is still producing enough smoke to leave the area beneath a layer of haze.

The Alaska Fire Service said aerial surveillance reported minimal activity along the fire's perimeter on Saturday. It was triggered by lightning June 10 but surged last week after dry, hot weather.

Fire managers said they are still working to reduce smoke impact on the Fairbanks area.

The land is owned by the military and because of the possibility of unexploded ordnance, firefighting is being done by air.

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