Fairbanks wildfire sees 'aggressive response' from authorities following lightning strikes

Smoke rises over the Rosie Creek fire. Alaska Division of Forestry photo.
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - A wildfire started reportedly by several lightning strikes is now moving away from homes, officials say. This, after an "aggressive response" from emergency fire personnel in the area.

According to a report from the Alaska Division of Forestry, the fire at last measure was between 30 and 60 acres in the area of Rosie Creek, southwest of Fairbanks and just 5 miles east of the Parks Highway.

The fire was called in at 5:18 p.m. on Sunday, and drew what officials called an "aggressive" response, including 16 smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service, and another 20 people for an "initial attack crew from Fairbanks."

The smokejumpers were dropped on the fire, and the other crews were lifted in via helicopter, due to wet conditions limiting access on roads.

As of Sunday, officials say no evacuations have been ordered, mostly because they believe the fire is moving away from structures and not actively threatening homes.

An air tanker from Fairbanks also dropped fire retardant, and helicopters dropped multiple water loads on the fire to establish a perimeter from area residences.

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