Emergency Firefighters from Interior villages travel to help Lower 48 Crews

FAIRBANKS, Ak -- As fires settle in the Interior, higher priority fires in the Lower 48 have mobilized Emergency Firefighters crews in the Interior to assist.

EFF crews from St. Michael, Koyuk, Selawik, Shageluk and Scammon Bay left early yesterday morning for fire assignment in Utah, battling the Shingle Fire, 6 miles south of Duck Creek.

That fire, 91 miles away from the Grand Canyon, is now 8200 acres.

This is second large group of Alaskan EFF's to mobilize south.

On Monday, crews from Alaska were flown to Wyoming where fire personnel are battling the Fontenelle Fire in the Bridger–Teton National Forest.

As of this morning, that fire has grown to nearly 58,000 acres and is only 16 percent contained.

EFF Crews represented are from Ft. Yukon, Venetie, Copper River, Kenai and Nondalton.