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Funny River fire continues
Author: Rashah McChesney Blog / 26 May, 2014 / Age: 3 yrs

Wildfires in SouthCentral Alaska have kept fire crews from all over the U.S. busy as consequences of the dry Alaskan spring become evident.  One fire, being called the Funny River wildfire by officials, has grown into a 170,000 acre burn in the middle of the Kenai Wildlife Refuge.  Fire crews are calling it the first large fire of the season and more than 100 people are on the ground battling the blaze.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A cloud of smoke obscures the sky on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula as a fire that started near Funny River Road consumed more than 7,000 acres of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge land Tuesday May 20, 2014. The fire stretches nearly 10 miles long and is moving east and west along the bank of Tustumena Lake.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion The Funny River Fire on the Kenai Peninsula grew to consume more than 20,000 acres of Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Refuge land Tuesday May 21, 2014 near Soldotna, Alaska. The fire, which originated on a horse trail near Funny River Road in Soldotna, has since spread more than 10 miles south, burning a long, thin line typical of wind-whipped blazes according to Alaska Department of Natural Resources — Division of Forestry personnel.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A small fire burns in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Funny River Road Wednesday May 22, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A firetruck provides water for crew on the ground as firefighters backburned near Funny River Road Wednesday May 21, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska. Fire crews have been battling a wildfire that has grown to more than 44,000 acres in three days.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Central Emergency Services firefighter Dan Jensen maneuvers a hose into position to fight a portion of the 156,041 acre Funny River Horse Trail wildfire Sunday May 25, 2014 in the Funny River community of Soldotna, Alaska.

AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney Central Emergency Services firefighter Terry Bookey laughs as his crew are showered with foam while fighting the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire Sunday May 25, 2014 in the Funny River community in Soldotna, Alaska. Several firefighting crews have been working to keep the 156,041 acre wildfire from encroaching into the more than 1,000 homes in Funny River which was evacuated Sunday afternoon.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A Black Hawk helicopter dumps water on a portion of the Funny River Wildfire Monday May 26, 2014 in the Funny River community in Soldotna, Alaska. The wildfire has burned more than 156,000 acres and prompted three evacuations on the Kenai Peninsula.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Central Emergency Services firefighters watch as a spotter plane guides another plane carrying retardant toward a portion of the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire that was threatening homes in an evacuated portion of the Funny River road neighborhood.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Central Emergency Services firefighters move in to "mop-up" after a potion of the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire that was extinguished by helicopters and airplanes carrying flame retardent and foam Sunday May 25, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska. The wildfire has burned more than 156,000 acres of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge land.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A Central Emergency Services firefighter watches as he gets some air support to quell a flare-up in the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire Sunday May 25, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A Central Emergency Services firefighter gets a soothing treatment after an ember fell between his shirt and back and left a burn Sunday May 26, 2014 as firefighters worked to contain a portion of the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire in Soldotna, Alaska.

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