Alaska wildfire keeps growing after evacuations

Associated Press
Central Emergency Services firefighter Dan Jensen maneuvers a hose into position to fight a portion of a wildfire Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Funny River community of Soldotna, Alaska. A massive wildfire pushed by wind in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage continued to explode in size, leading to mandatory evacuations of 1,000 structures, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney)

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Officials said that possible rain forecast this week in Alaska could help crews gain control over a massive wind-whipped wildfire that forced dozens of people to flee to shelters and move some of their animals to safety at rodeo grounds.

The Funny River Fire in the state's Kenai Peninsula covered nearly 248 square miles as of Monday morning and was 30 percent contained, according to the Alaska Interagency Interagency Management Team. (AP)

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