Caribou Creek Fire reported 25 miles East of Stuart Creek Wildfire

A wildfire, reported this afternoon just before 3pm, is burning in the Upper Salcha River Drainage near Caribou Creek.

The Caribou Creek Fire, burning 25 miles east of the Stuart Creek Fire is 36 air miles Northeast of Harding Lake.

The blaze is burning on the ridge of the North side of the Salcha River.

The Newscenter spoke to Jim Schwarber with the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center who stated, "The fire is on state lands that are in a full protection management zone."

Due to that fact Schwarber said, “An aggressive initial attack was ordered,” with smoke jumpers as well as aerial tankers dropping retardants.

After 3 hours the fire is now up to 300 acres but according to Schwarber firefighters are “making good progress.”

Fire crews have also begun cabin sites protection to those cabins near 2 miles away from the fire.

At this point, the fire is measured at approx. 350 acres.

We will have more on the fires as this story develops.