Fire retardant is delivered to the Hime Peak Fire east of Meeker by airplane. The concoction, which is similar to fertilizer, doesn’t put the fire out, but it does slow the fire’s progress, according to Bill Cramer, chief of the Alaska Smokejumpers, who dropped in Wednesday and was serving as incident commander on the fire. As of press time Wednesday, the fire was declared 100 percent contained. Crews were expected to remain through the weekend to “mop up” hot spots within the perimeter, monitor the fire and rehabilitate the containment line.
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