Fire Spreads in Alaska Wildlife Refuge

fire

(CNN) — A wildfire burning for almost a week in Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is spreading, with 123,000 acres covered by the blaze, a local emergency official said Sunday.

The Funny River Fire began burning Monday evening in the refuge, in Soldotna south of Anchorage. But Brad Nelson said no structures have burned. He said windy weather is pushing the fire further into the refuge and away from homes.

Investigators said they suspect human action was the cause, but authorities were still investigating.

The containment was at 20% with 450 personnel fighting the blaze. The Air National Guard sent two helicopters to assist with water drops, in addition to the four helicopters performing aerial firefighting.

(Copyright 2014, CNN, All rights reserved.)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s