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Division of Forestry tackling small wildfire near Nenana

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Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 7:30 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska Division of Forestry out of Fairbanks is responding to a small wildfire burning several miles east of Nenana.

The fire was reported on Monday afternoon and is burning 11 miles east of Nenana near the Tanana River, the division wrote in a Facebook post. It’s being called the Fish Creek Fire and was estimated to be about 2 acres in size around 6 p.m. Monday evening, according to Public Information Officer Tim Mowry.

The wildfire is burning in tundra grass and black spruce, according to the division’s post.

“Fire behavior was reported to creeping and smoldering with some tree torching,” the post states.

No structures are currently threatened by the fire, but the division did note that the Alaska Intertie transmission line is about 200-300 feet west of the blaze.

Mowry said that as of Monday evening, four water scoopers had completed several water drops on the fire, and that when they left there were no longer any visible flames. The White Mountain firefighting crew based in Fairbanks was being shuttled to the Fish Creek Fire Monday evening, Mowry said.

Its cause is not yet known. The fire is burning in a modified protection zone, Mowry said.

Earlier in the day, a load of four firefighters was brought to the site so they could being working to contain it from the ground, while the helicopter that dropped them off hooked up to a bucket to make water drops as well, according to the division’s post.

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