Steele Creek Fire 100 percent contained

June 19, 2014 9:30 a.m.

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Steele Creek Fire is 100 percent contained and is no longer a threat to adjacent communities. The 75 firefighters assigned to this incident are gridding the fire, which means they are working into the burned area from the edges to find and put out any remaining hot spots of fire or smoldering fuels. The Delta #2 crew will be released today, leaving the Tanana Chiefs and Fairbanks #2 crews to finish with the task of mopping up the fire until it is declared out. This lightning caused fire burned a total of 48 acres. There are no reported injuries.

Two days of steady rain have greatly reduced the risk from wildland fires in the Interior, at least for the moment. Residents are encouraged to continue to adapt their homes to the risk from wildland fires by following the recommendations found in Firewise Alaska.

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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