- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Residents in a village north of the Arctic Circle used about every means possible to stop a tundra fire.

KTUU reports (https://is.gd/f18aHc) a backhoe, a four-wheeler and even wet sheets were used to stop the fire from reaching the village cemetery in Noatak on Saturday.

Fire department member Eileen Foster said the fire started about a quarter mile north of the cemetery, and grew to a half-mile wide and two-miles long. Wind pushed it to about a mile and a half from the village.

The backhoe was used to stop the fire’s advance, and then residents spent about four hours putting it out.

There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire isn’t known.

Noatak is an Inupiat community of about 600, located 55 miles north of Kotzebue.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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