Firefighers attacking wildfire threatening several cabins on Salcha River

July 14, 6:30 p.m. – Firefighters are attacking a lightning-caused wildfire threatening several cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.
The Mid Salcha Fire was reported at around 4:30 p.m. and had grown to about 100 acres as of 6 p.m. The fire is located about 15 air miles upriver from the Richardson Highway. It is one-half mile south of the river and 3 miles north of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
A load of smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service has been dropped on the fire and an air tanker, water-scooping aircraft and a helicopter are being used to drop water and retardant on the fire to slow its spread. The objective at this point is to keep the fire south of the river and north of the pipeline while protecting cabins threatened by the fire.
There are at least 10 structures threatened by the fire, some of which are less than a quarter mile away. Smokejumpers are working to protect cabins while air resources try to slow the spread of the fire.
The fire was reported at around 20 acres at 5:10 p.m. and was growing rapidly due to 15-20 mph winds.
State Forestry is contending with several other fires in the Fairbanks area that have been reported as a result of lightning strikes.

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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