Alaska firefighters will help out on Wyoming fires

Associated PressJuly 2, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- About 100 firefighters from Alaska are heading to Wyoming to help fight wildfires there.

Alaska Incident Management Team spokeswoman Sarah Saaroos says Wyoming authorities requested five fire crews from Alaska.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Alaska was able to help because of lighter-than-usual fire season so far this summer.

There are two wildfires burning in Interior Alaska. Just over 110 firefighters continue to work the Allakaket fire, which has burned about 2,700 acres 180 miles northwest of Fairbanks. Four other fire crews were released from the fire over the weekend.

The other is the Bear Creek Fire, which has burned about 8,500 acres 13 miles southwest of Anderson.