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Groundhog Bay Fire Receives Additional Resources


Juneau, AK— A 20-person hand crew from Alaska’s State Division of Forestry arrived this morning to join the 12 Forest Service fire fighters at the Groundhog Bay Fire, 30 miles west of Juneau on the Chilkat Peninsula. The helicopter chartered from Costal Helicopters, Inc. continues to drop water onto the fire.

Overnight cloud cover prevented the fire from growing beyond its 10 acres.

Crews are working to contain the eastern and northern flanks of the fire. They have established a hose line three-quarters of the way along the eastern flank of the fire where 2 privately-owned structures are within one-half of a mile of the fire.

Snags, or standing dead trees, along the two flanks are being felled to provide safer conditions for the inter-agency fire crews to manage the lightning-caused fire.
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