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Wildfire scorches nearly 80,000 acres in Alaska

By Joe Sutton and Kevin Conlon, CNN
updated 11:29 AM EDT, Sun May 25, 2014
A days-long wildfire had consumed nearly 67,084 acres of Alaska's Kenai National Wildlife Refuge by Friday night, a state agency said. Alaska Division of Forestry.
A days-long wildfire had consumed nearly 67,084 acres of Alaska's Kenai National Wildlife Refuge by Friday night, a state agency said. Alaska Division of Forestry.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Wildfire scorches nearly 80,000 acres in Alaska
  • NEW: Blaze was 20% contained by early Saturday
  • No evacuations or injuries have been reported

(CNN) -- A days-long wildfire had covered more than 78,000 acres of Alaska's Kenai National Wildlife Refuge by early Saturday, a state agency said.

The Funny River Fire began burning Monday evening and was 20% contained by early Saturday, Alaska's Interagency Incident Management Team said.

No evacuations or injuries have been reported. There were more than 409 firefighters battling the blaze.

Officials say access to the fire is difficult. Investigators suspect human action was the cause, but this is still under investigation.

The refuge is in Soldotna, south of Anchorage.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Spokesman Brad Nelson said there are two subdivisions in the area of the fire. The combined population of these localities is approximately 5,000 residents.

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