Wildlands fires plague miners, prospectors
Fires smoldering after burning through placer mine and hard rock prospecting sites, area declared disaster area
Last updated 8/8/2004 at Noon
Heavy rains in late July and early August have dampened the number of wildlands fires that burned through Interior and the eastern part of Alaska, adversely affecting placer miners and metals prospectors attempting to complete field work this summer.
Large fires in the eastern Interior, covering the Fortymile mining district, continue to smolder and creep, according to the Aug. 2 report from t...