Alaska Fire Service says progress made in fighting Allakaket blaze

Associated PressJune 23, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- The Alaska Fire Service reports that crews are making progress on a wildfire near the village of Allakaket.

Crews are securing the fire perimeter on all flanks, and smokejumpers and aerial resources are suppressing the head of the fire.

The fire's size was listed at 2,600 acres Saturday morning.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that more than 200 firefighters are battling the blaze that started Wednesday in the local landfill and quickly spread.

The fire has been moving northeast away from the village of about 100 people on the south bank of the Koyukuk River.

Allakaket is 190 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

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