Wildfire officials to move crew into Nikolai for fire east of village

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Forestry officials are monitoring a fire reported Tuesday east of the village of Nikolai (NIK-oh-leye).

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center says residents reported smoke in the area and a pilot confirmed the fire two miles from the village.

The fire so far has burned 2.4 acres in heavy white spruce and tundra. No structures were immediately threatened but the coordination center plans to move a crew into the area in case winds change and the fire spreads.

The coordination center says the human-caused fire likely began several days earlier.

Nikolai is a village of 83 on the south fork of the Kuskokwim River about 46 miles east of McGrath and 235 miles southwest of Fairbanks.

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