The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) is fighting a fire north of Fairbanks called the Haystack Fire. The blaze started Monday afternoon and originally was only around 5 acres. The fire has since grown to over 500 acres.
“Right now they are using heavy equipment, bulldozers, to sort of build containment line around that heel of the fire, so there is... really lessens the chance of that moving closer to the subdivision” said Tim Mowry, a public information officer for the DOF.
When the fire first started aircraft responded to drop water and retardant. Monday night they had a control line and the fire was around 5 acres.
“Tuesday morning everything seemed to be going well and then it jumped across a control line somehow and just sort of got into some black spruce and took off to the north,” Mowry said.