Multiple fires burning in Alaska interior due to hot weather and lightning

Fire crews were brought in from around Alaska, Montana, and Idaho to help fight fires in the Interior this summer. (Photo credit: KTVF June 2019)
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Hot weather that interior residents may have been enjoying has brought less than welcome side effects as multiple wildfires have been burning near Fairbanks.

The Caribou Creek fire started early last week near Two Rivers. A wet weekend helped firefighting efforts, and that fire is now 40 percent contained.

Late Friday, the Shovel Creek fire was reported 3 miles north of Murphy Dome. That fire grew rapidly and is currently at 650 acres. Around 150 people are helping to fight the fire, with multiple crews from out-of-state working to contain the blaze.

Tim Mowry, with the Alaska Division of Forestry, said they are, "trying to keep that fire boxed in so it's not going to approach Murphy Dome and it's not going to approach the Chatanika River where there is a lot of cabins, recreational cabins, and some homes."

There also multiple small fires burning in the interior that is being watched or have been contained. Mowry said all of the fires are suspected to be caused by lightning. He did encourage residents to make sure they are careful and don't start any more wildfires.

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