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Funny River Fire Consumes Nearly 50k Acres

By | May 22, 2014

The Funny River fire that has been burning on the Kenai Peninsula since Monday has grown to nearly 50,000 acres.

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A helicopter drops water on the fire near Soldotna Monday night (Ariel Van Cleave photo)

A helicopter drops water on the fire near Soldotna Monday night (Ariel Van Cleave photo)

Dan Nelson, the Health and Safety Officer for Central Emergency Services out of Soldotna, says the fire is about five percent contained.

“What you’re seeing today, a little shift in action from a game plan and trying to get priorities set and figuring out what’s going on to an actual going out there and attacking the fire,” Nelson said. “We have over 150 people on the ground and numerous aircraft out there. The priorities have not changed. The priorities are still keep the fire away from the Funny River community and the Kasilof community.”

Fire crews from across the state had set up a communications center at Skyview High School in Soldotna.

The fire is still not an immediate threat to life or property. Community meetings were being held Wednesday night for people closest to the fire.

No evacuation orders have been given, as the fire continues to spread into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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