Rain helps slow Interior Alaska wildfire that prompted evacuations

as if Associated Press

Updated 22 Minutes ago Published 24 Minutes ago

Some rain helped firefighters fight a wildfire in Alaska, prompting evacuations.

The blaze, which erupted on June 21, caused workers to build more firefighting units, and about half an inch fell early Monday.

“It’s really not like the rain that ends in the season, it’s like the rain,” said Mark Inte, a spokesman for the fire.

The fire is burning near the Anderson community. On the west side of the Parks Highway, evacuation orders were issued for all property on roads, trails or driveways from 269 to 275.

The town of Anderson, 80 miles southwest of Ferbanx, is not under siege.

At least one house was reported missing, and officials at the Dannel Borough said they would make an official assessment of other structures.

The fire is estimated to have reached 110 square miles[110 sq km].

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