State Briefs

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2001

Second container van burns on Saturday

JUNEAU - Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to fire in a container van parked behind Costco on Saturday morning.

Firefighters arrived at Costco around 4 a.m. to find a van with flames and smoke coming from its rear cargo area, said Capt. Dave Boddy. Several bundles of compressed cardboard set aside for recycling were on fire in the back of the van, he said. Firefighters had to use one of the Costco forklifts to lift the burning bundles from the van and set them in the parking lot where they were extinguished.

Boddy said the Costco building did not sustain any damage and the van sustained minimal damage valued at under $1,000.

This is the second van fire behind a commercial business in the last three weeks. Fire Marshal Randy Waters could not be reached for comment this morning on the fires. The cause of the blazes is under investigation.

Haines-area eagles found to be healthy

HAINES - The population of young eagles in the Haines area is thriving.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Mike Jacobson said the number of young eagles is the highest since biologists began surveys in the 1980s. Jacobson spotted 30 juvenile eagles in a helicopter survey conducted in July.

Young eagles, hatched between May and July, were present in 26 of 45 active eagle nests in the Chilkat and Chilkoot valleys. "That's pretty good. It's the highest number of successful nests we've counted." Jacobson said.

The count represents a success rate of nearly 60 percent, compared to the average of 40 percent.

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