Funny River

The Funny River wildfire is now 46% contained, meaning fire breaks that flames likely cannot cross surround nearly half the fire.

Alaska Congressman Don Young amended the Maguson-Stevens Act as it moved through the U.S. Natural Resources Committee,to allow subsistence fishermen a voice on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council.

The board of directors of the regional Native corporation Sealaska named Anthony Mallott as president and CEO. He's the son of former CEO and long-time board member Byron Mallott, who's running for Governor.

Next year's operating and capital budgets total $12.8 billion, $400,000 less than this years, but still with a $1.4 billion dollar deficit.

A member of Fairbanks team that's been in control of the Funny River firefighting efforts describes some challenges and successes.

Next year's operating and capital budgets total $12.8 billion, $400,000 less than this years, but still with a $1.4 billion dollar deficit.

A member of Fairbanks team that's been in control of the Funny River firefighting efforts describes some challenges and successes.

Residents of the Funny River road area who had been evacuated were able to move back home Tuesday, but remain on evacuation alert in case they need to leave again. Rain is dampening fuel sources for the massive fire.

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.

It's less smoky than yesterday but smoke from two Southcentral Alaska wildfires is expected to return when the wind shifts over the weekend.  Water-scooping aircraft is being deployed today to protect Kasilof from the Funny River fire on the Kenai Peninsula, which has grown to 63,000 acres, and is 3.5 miles from a Kasilof subdivision. On the west side of Cook Inlet, the Tyonek fire has grown to 1,800 acres. Firefighters have completed dozer lines removing potential fuel sources around the Beluga power plant, which supplies electricity to half of Anchorage.

A health advisory is in effect for areas from Soldotna to Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna valley as some 200 firefighters work to contain a wildfire near Soldotna. Another 90 firefighters are working to contain the Tyonek wildfire that is headed toward Beluga, the site of the Chugach Electric powerplant at Beluga that supplies electricity to half of Anchorage.

Congressman Don Young, Alaska Republican, has proposed a measure that would set aside federal land in Northwest Alaska for an Arctic deep water port.

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.

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.