Fires burn 160 square miles
Crews have wrangled two large wildfires north and south of Anchorage as dozens of blazes have burned about 160 square miles in Alaska.
One fire forced the evacuation of campsites on the Kenai Peninsula and destroyed at least eight structures since Monday. More than 320 firefighters battled the nearly 12-square-mile blaze in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as temperatures rose. The other major fire is in the state’s dog-mushing territory. It has burned about 12 square miles and destroyed 26 homes.
Altogether, 49 fires are burning statewide. Crews are fighting 11 and monitoring the others.