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.
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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.
A pair of large wildfires have blazed through hundreds of acres in Soldotna and Tyonek. As of 10 p.m. tonight, a fire located near Funny River Road near Soldotna had burned more than 900 acres.
The issue over whether or not to build a 160-foot microwave tower on the Homer bluff will live on for a while longer. In a decision issued last week, the Homer City Council is sending the matter back to the city Planning Commission.
Homer is known for its eclectic mix of eating establishments, some of which have changed hands and menus many times over the years. One popular café that is now offering its customers a taste of Louisiana home cooking.