Mop-up is progressing on the 257-acre Caribou Fire (#255). Crews are checking for hot spots from the perimeter inward for 150 to 300 feet. There are some deeper pockets of fuel within the interior of the fire that may continue to burn with the current warm weather and lower humidities.
The fire east of Fairbanks was 80 percent contained as of Saturday morning, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Firefighters continue working toward full containment on the fire burning north of Chena Hot Springs Road near the community of Two Rivers.
There are 105 firefighters working on the fire, which was started by lightning on June 16 and is burning on a remote ridge approximately 7 ½ miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road near milepost 18.
Fire activity is minimal, with most areas just seeing smoldering. Crews will keep a watchful eye as temperatures will be increasing over the weekend. The fire anticipates scaling down and being able to release more resources by Monday.
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