Fire crews tackle blaze at Wrangell-St. Elias

by Tony Gorman

Crews are working to put down a fire at the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve that has already burned 800 to 1000 acres.  Park officials say personnel responded to the blaze, around 5 p.m. Wednesday, near the Gilahina Trestle 20 miles west of McCarthy.  Two air tankers dropped water and a five-man Helitak Crew deployed pumps and hoses to the southwest flank of the fire. A 20-man Type 2 Gammite Glacier Initial Attack Crew is on currently on scene.  Another Type 2 Crew is scheduled to arrive later this afternoon.  Smoke from fire is visible from McCarthy, Kennecott, and Chitina. So, far, it has not affected traffic on McCarthy Road.


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