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Story Last modified at 5:58 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Clouds don't ease fire danger

Anchorage police and fire officials say crews quickly extinguished a human-caused fire that burned a 15-foot circle of brush on Crest View Lane in Eagle River on Monday afternoon.

But, officials say, the incident serves as a reminder that fire danger in the Anchorage area is high despite the cloudy weather. Fire danger will remain high until we get some rain or a significant increase in humidity, the Anchorage Fire Department says. AFD has reported 61 brush fires and illegal burns since April 1.

The municipality ramped up its awareness to fire-weather indicators like low humidity in the wake of the Eklutna Fire last year, which burned 1,756 acres in what was considered moderate conditions, according to AFD forester Sue Rodman. It occurred during the last weekend in May.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

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