Updated at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday
Updated at 11:22 a.m. Thursday The Funny River Horse Trail wildfire is up to 192,831 acres and 46 percent contained, according to the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team. Investigators have determined while the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire is human caused, it didn't start from an abandoned campfire.
Updated at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday: Rob Allen, incident commander with the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team said today's rain has helped firefighters, but crews need three days of steady precipitation for it to have a major impact on the Funny River Road wildfire.
A wall of dense smoke engulfed portions of the Kenai Peninsula Tuesday as a fire that started near the Funny River Horse Trail late Monday grew to consume more than 20,000 acres and stretch in a 10-mile line from Funny River Road to the shoreline of Tustumena Lake. Late Tuesday, the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team reported that new mapping indicated the fire had grown in size.
Update: 12:20 p.m. The wildfire in Tyonek spread to 350 acres as of Tuesday morning but fire crews made progress in building a fire line on the flank close to the village as the wind-driven fire has moved west away from the threatened subdivision, according to the the Alaska Wildland Fire Information. Sarah Saarloos, information officer with the Mat-Su Division of Forestry, said as of Tuesday morning no structures have been lost and a new crew from Palmer has been sent back out to suppress the fire.
...having an illegal burn in his yard without a burn permit. Maggie Hess, information officer for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, said illegal burns are the most common in the Kenai Peninsula, partially because people...
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It has been three days since the first report of a five acre wildfire on a horse trail off of Funny River Road. The blaze had consumed more than 44,000 acres as of Wednesday - more than doubling in size in the span of 24 hours.
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