Air tanker, engines and UAF crew responding to wildfire near 8 Mile Elliott Highway

The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to a small wildfire near 8 Mile of the Elliott Highway north of Fairbanks.
Two engines and a helicopter from the Fairbanks Area forestry office are on scene working on the Vault Creek Fire and an air tanker has been ordered to drop retardant on the fire, which is estimated at 4 acres and is burning in black spruce and tundra a little over a mile from the highway.
The fire was reported shortly after 2:30 p.m. by residents who smelled smoke in the valley following a thunderstorm and lightning strikes in the area.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanook Wildland Fire Crew is also on scene and will be taking command of the fire so other resources can return for initial attack on other fires.

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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