Fire burning near Two Rivers

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska Alaska fire service received numerous reports of a wildfire near Two Rivers yesterday evening. The first reports of the fire came in around 5:45 pm Sunday evening.

The Two Rivers fire has burned over 500 acres as of Sunday night but was reduced to 380 acres as of 4:30PM today. The fire is located about seven and a half miles off of 18 mile Chena Hot Springs road.

According to Tim Mowry with the Alaska Division of Forestry, the fire has burned over 500 acres as of Sunday night but was reduced to 380 acres as of 4:30PM today. The fire is located about seven and a half miles off of 18 mile Chena Hot Springs road.

Over 100 personal have responded to the fire in what Mowry called an aggressive response.

“We pretty much through everything we had at the fire,” Mowry said.

Two loads of smoke jumpers and a helitack crew were flown to the fire last night, as well as two water tankers, a fire retardant tanker and four helicopters with water buckets.

He said all personal are being flown in by helicopter while they look for a way into the fire by land.

Smoke could be seen in North Pole and on Chena Hot Springs road last night. Morwy said any time the wind is blowing this direction we will smell smoke from the fire in town. The fire is currently not threatening any structures.

According to Mowry the fire was most likely caused by lightning.