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Photos: Stuart Creek 2 fire spreads quickly near Fairbanks

A wildfire begun by Army live-fire artillery training had by July 7 grown to more than 40,000 acres in size, displacing some 1,200 Interior Alaskans living north of Fairbanks along the Chena Hot Springs Road and in nearby communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley.
Lara Poirrier, Northern Source Images
A wildfire begun by Army live-fire artillery training had by July 7 grown to more than 40,000 acres in size, displacing some 1,200 Interior Alaskans living north of Fairbanks along the Chena Hot Springs Road and in nearby communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley.
Lara Poirrier, Northern Source Images
A wildfire begun by Army live-fire artillery training had by July 7 grown to more than 40,000 acres in size, displacing some 1,200 Interior Alaskans living north of Fairbanks along the Chena Hot Springs Road and in nearby communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley.
Lara Poirrier, Northern Source Images
A wildfire begun by Army live-fire artillery training had by July 7 grown to more than 40,000 acres in size, displacing some 1,200 Interior Alaskans living north of Fairbanks along the Chena Hot Springs Road and in nearby communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley.
Lara Poirrier, Northern Source Images
A wildfire begun by Army live-fire artillery training had by July 7 grown to more than 40,000 acres in size, displacing some 1,200 Interior Alaskans living north of Fairbanks along the Chena Hot Springs Road and in nearby communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley.
Lara Poirrier, Northern Source Images
A wildfire begun by Army live-fire artillery training had by July 7 grown to more than 40,000 acres in size, displacing some 1,200 Interior Alaskans living north of Fairbanks along the Chena Hot Springs Road and in nearby communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley.
Lara Poirrier, Northern Source Images
A wildfire begun by Army live-fire artillery training had by July 7 grown to more than 40,000 acres in size, displacing some 1,200 Interior Alaskans living north of Fairbanks along the Chena Hot Springs Road and in nearby communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley.
Lara Poirrier, Northern Source Images
A wildfire begun by Army live-fire artillery training had by July 7 grown to more than 40,000 acres in size, displacing some 1,200 Interior Alaskans living north of Fairbanks along the Chena Hot Springs Road and in nearby communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley.
Lara Poirrier, Northern Source Images
A wildfire begun by Army live-fire artillery training had by July 7 grown to more than 40,000 acres in size, displacing some 1,200 Interior Alaskans living north of Fairbanks along the Chena Hot Springs Road and in nearby communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley.
Lara Poirrier, Northern Source Images
A wildfire begun by Army live-fire artillery training had by July 7 grown to more than 40,000 acres in size, displacing some 1,200 Interior Alaskans living north of Fairbanks along the Chena Hot Springs Road and in nearby communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley.
Lara Poirrier, Northern Source Images
Heat from the Stuart Creek #2 fire near Fairbanks can be seen creating a vertical vortex of smoke in this aerial perspective.
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center photo
A fire-suppression air drop being conducted on the Stuart Creek #2 fire. July 6, 2013
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center photo
Wide angle aerial image of the western perimeter of the Stuart Creek #2 fire, looking from the southwest to the northeast. Eielson Air Force Base sits in the foreground, west of the fire perimeter. July 6, 2013
AICC photo
Looking due east at the western perimeter of the Stuart Creek 2 fire, the smoke plume reaches about 12,000 feet above ground level. July 6, 2013
AICC photo
Craig Medred

Some 1,200 people fled their homes and businesses northeast of Fairbanks along Chena Hot Springs Road Sunday afternoon as flames from the Stuart Creek 2 fire, first ignited by military artillery, spread rapidly.

The fire prompted the state to shut down the entire Chena River Recreation Area Sunday evening.

Read more: Two Rivers, Pleasant Valley residents (and their animals) evacuate