Light rain and little wind has helped keep the Funny River fire from growing much for the past two days. It’s 46 percent contained and as of Wednesday night afternoon, it’s estimated to have burned more than 192,000 acres on the central Kenai Peninsula.
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It’s been more than one week since the Funny River fire began burning on the Kenai Peninsula. And very early on, one group from Fairbanks has been in control of the firefighting efforts.
Tuesday morning, the fire management team lifted the evacuation of Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end. The road remains under an evacuation alert, which means residents should be ready to leave again if the fire gets worse in that area.
The Funny River Fire continued to burn the central Kenai Peninsula this week. As of Tuesday afternoon, it’s estimated to have burned more than 182,000 acres with 30 percent containment. Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end was evacuated on Sunday afternoon.
As of Friday morning, the Funny River fire had grown to just over 67,000 acres. Officials with the Alaska Interagency Incident Management team said good progress was made Thursday containing the northeast section of the fire.
The fire that started near Funny River Monday is still going strong. The fire has consumed more than 44,000 acres. By Wednesday afternoon, more than 200 firefighters had been sent in to control the blaze.
The Funny River Fire has now consumed nearly 50,000 acres. By Thursday morning, a command center had been established at Skyview High School, and crews were again focusing their efforts on keeping the fire away from residential areas.
The Soldotna fire is located near Funny River Road about three miles south of Soldotna airport. As of 10 a.m. this morning, Forestry Spokesperson Andy Alexandrou says the fire has burned 3,000 acres.