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First light rain falls on Kenai Peninsula fire into residential areas on the northeast perimeter."Like night and day," state Division of Forestry spokesman Bernie Pineda said of the changed wind conditions. "It's not even considered a light breeze anymore."Fire officials for the...
Rain, cool temps slow wildfire growth

...break from the weather like this, it tends to have a calming effect on the fire and its progression," spokesman Bernie Pineda said.The human-caused fire has mostly been confined to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge but has burned four remote...
Alaska wildfire grows to 193 square miles

...working Sunday to build and strengthen containment lines on the west and north perimeters of the blaze, fire spokesman Bernie Pineda said. They hope to complete the west line within the next few days, he said."We had a great day fighting the fire...
Weather aids crews in fighting border fire

...the Island Lake Fire Monday at 1,300 acres - about 100 acres less than the previous day's estimate, according to Bernie Pineda, a fire information officer with the Department of Natural Resources. Eight firefighting crews remained on the fire...
Nenana-area evacuees returning to homes

...continues to grow, wetter weather, favorable winds and more firefighters and equipment have changed the grim scenario, Bernie Pineda, fire information officer for the state of Alaska, said Monday. The fire is now moving to the east, away from the...
Alaska Digest

...near the border with Canada was about 50 percent contained Tuesday, a spokesman for the Division of Forestry said. Bernie Pineda said from the division office in Tok that light drizzle fell on that community overnight Monday and may have reached...
Alaska Digest

...officials said. Winds were in the 15- to 20-mph range, gusting to 25 miles, according to fire information spokesman Bernie Pineda. Temperatures were expected to approach 80 degrees, he said. The fire, which was 43 percent contained, started...
Juneau Empire Online Archive Local News: Interior fire threatens rec cabins 6/9/98

...winds abated overnight, giving crews a chance to counterattack the Carla Lake wildfire burning near Delta Junction. Bernie Pineda, a spokesman for the Alaska Fire Service, said gusts to 50 mph fanned the flames Monday, helping the blaze char...
Juneau Empire Online Archive Local News: Weather helps crews stay ahead of Carla Lake fire 6/3/98

...If conditions weatherwise stay the same for the next two days, we're going to be in a lot better shape,'' said Bernie Pineda, a fire information officer. ``We made some pretty significant strides today.'' A day after strong winds...
Crews gain ground on Alaska wildfires, continue battling blaze inching toward oil pipeline

...43 active fires the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reported Sunday morning. Coordination center spokesman Bernie Pineda said, however, that fire crews were gaining ground in battling some wildfires around the state. The Hastings fire...


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