Fires burn 160 square miles

Los Angeles Times - - NEWS -

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.

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