Widespread rain helped prevent any significant growth Friday on the 18,750-acre Rainbow 2 Fire burning northwest of Delta Junction.
While the rain helped moderate fire activity, it also hampered both aviation operations and crew effectiveness because of the cloudy, wet conditions.
There are 64 personnel working on the fire to prevent it from spreading into the Richardson Clearwater community to the north, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, started by lightning on June 29, has not shown growth in several days. The fire remains south of Clear Creek, about one-quarter of a mile from the nearest cabin in the Richardson Clearwater enclave.
The fire continues to creep and smolder on both the northwest and southern portions but it has not moved any closer to cabins on Clear Creek. Crews are continuing to work that section of the fire to reinforce and extend containment lines using both direct and indirect tactics.
Firefighters on the ground are being assisted by a helicopter for supply missions, crew shuttles and reconnaissance flights.