Steady rain that is expected to continue could prove all that it takes to help quell a small fire that sparked near Chena Hot Springs Road in Fairbanks Monday afternoon.
Alaska Division of Forestry spokesperson Sam Harrel explained the Steele Creek fire is about 90 percent contained at the latest check. Harrel said steady rain fail that began early Tuesday morning will continue to fall. That rain is providing a reprieve to crews battling the small fire, he added.
The wildland fire has burned 48 acres, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, though no structures are believed to have been damaged or lost.
Officials from the Division of Forestry believe the fire was the result of natural causes, most likely lightning, Harrel said. The fire has been burning in an area Forestry crews call a “critical management area,” the highest of four designations designed to protect the region’s resdents.
Approximately 75 firefighters remain to secure the fire perimeter, Harrel said.