Popavich Fire in coal seams outside Healy

May 29 5:00 p.m.

A smoldering fire in a coal seam outside of Healy is starting to put up a noticeable column of smoke. The Popavich Fire, reported on May 24, 2014, by a passing pilot, is a 20 acre slow moving fire in the middle of a previously burned area. Mining operations are under way in the general area but there is no immediate threat to structures or valuable resources.

A second coal seam fire in the same area was reported Thursday, May 29. These fires, difficult to extinguish, carry over through the winter and flare up with hot, dry conditions. Forestry will continue to monitor these fires.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for the Denali area until 10 p.m. Friday and a wind advisory for strong winds until Saturday, May 31.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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