Massive Alaska Wildfire Grows, Spurs Evacuation
There are massive fires every summer in Alaska, but it’s rare that anyone needs to evacuate like this one since 99 percent of the state is wilderness.
Officials say a massive wildfire burning in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage has grown in windy conditions and mandatory evacuations are underway.
Alaska Interagency Management Team spokeswoman Michelle Weston says 1,000 structures are in the area under evacuation, but she doesn’t have a number of people who were told to flee their homes.
She says the fire was recently nearly 218 square miles and has grown significantly. She didn’t immediately have a news estimated size.