Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Evacuations Ordered for Residents Near Kasilof (AK)

Officials ordered an evacuation of about 50 homes east of the Sterling Highway north of Kasilof after a 200-foot wall of flames erupted on the western line of the Funny River fire late Friday night, reports Anchorage Daily News.

The flare-up occurred after the wind shifted, said Brad Nelson, health and safety officer for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Central Emergency Services.

Early Saturday morning, fire managers were developing a plan for attacking the newly aggressive fire, Nelson said, though it lost some of its ferocity when it burned into wetlands.

The evacuation was called for people living between Mile 103 and 105 on the east side of the Sterling Highway. That’s about two miles north of the Pollard Subdivision, where residents were earlier advised to prepare themselves for evacuation. Those residents are so far not under evacuation order, though the situation there was being evaluated early Saturday morning, officials said.

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