Gilahina Fire UPD: Crews to monitor blaze despite slower activity

by Tony Gorman

Cool temperatures, high humidity, and subsiding winds have slowed a wildfire at the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Park officials say despite the recent activity, the fire remains north of the Gilahina Trestle and creeping toward in the northeast perimeter.  The blaze has burned 1,438 acres since it was first spotted Monday night.

Fire crews were able to secure the southwest flank of the fire Wednesday afternoon.  They will continue to monitor the blaze until Friday.  Officials are still uncertain on how the fire was started.
 

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