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Stefan Hinman, Public Information Officer / Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Evacuation area reduced, and opened to homeowners who lost homes

  By Liz Ruskin, APRN

Managers of the Sockeye Fire near Willow plan to begin letting residents back into the evacuation area today. At 10 this morning, the evacuation zone will be reduced to the fire perimeter line, controlled by nine security checkpoints. Homeowners who have lost homes will be let into the fire zone starting at 11. The evacuation is set to end entirely on Saturday but security checkpoints will remain in place through the weekend.

Nikiski Fire Dept.

      By Phillip Manning, KTNA and Liz Ruskin, APRN

Some 500 firefighters working around the clock are making good progress on the Sockeye fire near Willow, which is holding steady at just over 7-thousand-500 acres.

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The Funny River wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula has grown to 156,000 acres, or almost 246 square miles. Some 500 residents were evacuated Sunday from the Funny River community and Skilak Lake Campgrounds, which remain closed. An evacuation alert for Kasilof has been lifted. Some 600 firefighters are working to extend fire lines on the northern and western sides of the wildfire to stop its spread toward Soldotna and Sterling. Fire officials say the fire started with a campfire that wasn't put out, then was fed by high winds and dry conditions.

About a hundred residents of Tyonek, on the west side of Cook Inlet, were evacuated yesterday. Now shifting winds have the fire headed toward the village of Beluga, about ten miles from Tyonek. The wildfire near Soldotna, which started on the Funny River on the Kenai Peninsula, has burned across 31 square miles, or 20,000 acres.

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About a hundred residents of Tyonek, on the west side of Cook Inlet, were evacuated yesterday. Now shifting winds have the fire headed toward the village of Beluga, about ten miles from Tyonek. The wildfire near Soldotna, which started on the Funny River on the Kenai Peninsula, has burned across 31 square miles, or 20,000 acres.

Certain kinds of ammunition are in short supply in Northwest Alaska.

The federal archives in Anchorage is closing next month. Records will be sent to Seattle and digitized.