6/23/15 - Nulato residents evacuating as wildfire approaches
Volunteers from Galena 40 miles upriver from Nulato are taking boats to Nulato to help with the evacuation. The fire was sparked by lightning on Sunday just a mile from the village of 270.
Cart St. fire near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula is now 25 percent contained after burning 11 structures. The Sockeye fire near Willow, 40 miles north of Anchorage, is 79 percent contained after burning 26 homes.
Most of the 186 active fires in Alaska were caused by lightning, but 17 were started by humans. State managers say too many firefighters are chasing down reports of activities banned due to high fire danger. The state burn closure applies to all open burning, including campfires, debris burning and charcoal grills. Gas grills and backpacking or camp stoves that use fuel that can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use. They also remind pilots to honor temporary flight restrictions so firefighting aircraft can operate safely.
One of four Fairbanks men fighting for exoneration from murder convictions was paroled last week. As KUAC's Dan Bross reports, the Alaska Native community turned out in Fairbanks over the weekend to welcome home Marvin Roberts.