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6/24/2007

Alaska Wildfire Rages Out of Control

Alaska, USA
June 22, 2007

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A blitzkrieg of fires burning on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough continued to spread uncontrollably throughout the day Thursday, state fire officials said.

The fire season is off to an early start again this year, due in part to light snowfall during the winter and dry, hot conditions around the state this month.
Tankers containing retardant were diverted from the Caribou Hills Fire — which had more than quadrupled in size throughout the day to nearly 10,000 acres — burning about 30 miles north of Homer to the Susitna Valley because of the number of fires burning there.


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