Delta Junction wildfire draws air, ground response
A 20-acre wildfire near Delta Junction, reported Friday afternoon, is prompting a response from several local and state agencies but no immediate evacuations.
Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry said the North Eielson Fire was reported near the Tanana Loop extension at about 1:15 p.m., quickly growing to between 20 and 30 acres in size amid gusty weather conditions moving into Alaska overnight Thursday.
“It was a tree on a power line that started the fire; it spotted on a grass field,” Mowry said. “It’s pretty windy in Delta today – they did have a burn suspension due to the high wind.”
Elements of the Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Rural Deltana and Tok fire departments responded to the call, and an air tanker from Palmer was arriving over the fire by 3:15 p.m. Friday.
“It’s the first significant response we’ve had to a fire this year,” Mowry said.
Mowry denied initial rumors of evacuation plans in the area, saying crews were still making their initial assessment of the wildfire.
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