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Friday, March 22, 2019

Fairbanks: Multiple fire departments douse blaze at borough landfill

Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at the borough landfill south of town early Thursday morning. The fire was called in at about 3:30 a.m. and was burning in an area where people dump their household trash, according to Fairbanks fire Battalion Chief Scott Raygor. “It was at the very top of the hill. We came down Easy Street past the athletic club, and the whole hillside was glowing. You could see it all over town,” Raygor said by phone Thursday afternoon. The fire had burned an area of about 200 feet by 100 feet by the time crews arrived. Units from Chena-Goldstream, Steese Volunteer, University and Fort Wainwright fire departments helped Fairbanks firefighters put it out. It took approximately two hours and 10,000 gallons of water to quench the blaze. “It was mostly frozen but it was still burning,” Raygor said, adding that there were a lot of tires and plastic in the area. “It was thick, black, nasty smoke, but fortunately we were able to stay upwind of it.”
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mat-Su Assembly passes resolution adding full-time jobs for 25 EMS responders

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday adding 25 full-time responders and two ambulances to the emergency medical services crew, according to Mat-Su Borough Public Affairs. The first to be hired will come from a list of on-call Borough responders. The remaining on-call responders will help continue to augment emergency response when the Borough is overwhelmed.
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