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US51 homes, 3 businesses lost in Alaska wildfire

06:25  24 august  2019
06:25  24 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Alaska Division of Forestry reports that as of Wednesday morning there are 15 active fires burning in the area, which covers an 88-million acre swath of Southwest Alaska from McGrath to Dillingham. Six of the 15 fires are staffed with firefighters while the remainder are being monitored.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wildfire burning north of Anchorage, Alaska, has destroyed 51 homes and three businesses, officials said Friday.

51 homes, 3 businesses lost in Alaska wildfire© Provided by The Associated Press Smoke from wildfires obscure the Chugach Mountains in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. The smoke was from two wildfires, one burning north of Anchorage and the other south. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Another 84 buildings between the communities of Willow and Talkeetna, about 70 miles north of the state's largest city, also have been destroyed, fire information manager Kale Casey said.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated because of the fire that started Sunday night along the Parks Highway, the main thoroughfare that connects Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve and Fairbanks.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska 's wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the Fire crews are working with the state fire marshal to confirm the numbers of structures lost , which includes homes , businesses and outbuildings.

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Gov. Michael Dunleavy issued a disaster declaration for the Matanuska Susitna Borough and Kenai Peninsula Borough for impacts from fires.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials have said it was human-caused.

Homeowners at one of two evacuation centers had closed-door meetings Friday with officials from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to learn the fate of their homes, Casey said. Others who were not at evacuation centers have not been notified.

51 homes, 3 businesses lost in Alaska wildfire© Provided by The Associated Press This Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, photo shows smoke from wildfires obscuring the Chugach Mountains in Anchorage, Alaska. The smoke was from two wildfires, one burning north of Anchorage and the other south. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

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The fire had blackened nearly 6 square miles (16 sq. kilometers) and was 10% contained, said Tim Mowry, a spokesman for the Alaska Division of Forestry.

About 100 firefighters, 20 engine crews and three helicopters were fighting the fire, he said. Another 100 firefighters were expected to arrive Sunday.

"They're dropping water and retardant on and around it, but we really need people on the ground to reinforce those aerial assets," Mowry said.

Conditions were dry, giving the fire ample fuel, Casey said. A forecast of increased winds for Saturday has fire managers on edge, and additional residents were told to be ready to evacuate if needed.

"With conditions so dry in this area, a 15 mph (24 kph) wind is a significant event," Casey said. "The ground fuels are extremely resistant to control."

Alaska's fire season is usually over by now, but hot, dry conditions have extended it. Alaska recorded its warmest month ever in July.

It's unusual for firefighters to be sent to Alaska from other states this time of the year.

"Usually, our crews are in the Lower 48 by now, helping out there," Mowry said.

Another large wildfire is burning south of Anchorage, in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. It started in June but was reinvigorated. It had burned about 222 square miles (575 square kilometers) and was 20% contained.

Smoke from the two fires has made Anchorage smoky, prompting health warnings and leading schools to cancel outdoor activities.

Wildfires reported in 12 states, Alaska's McKinley fire still rages.
The McKinley Fire in Alaska has spread across more than 4,300 acres, while other fires rage across 12 states.

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