Growing wildfire prompts evacuation watch north of Kenai River

An airplane prepares to drop retardant on a fire burning on the edge of Browns Lake in the Funny River neighborhood of Soldotna on Saturday afternoon, May 24, 2014. LOREN HOLMES — © Loren Holmes / AlaskaDispatch

(SOURCE)  The Lower Skilak Lake Campground was being evacuated Sunday evening due to threat of fire, said Michelle Weston, an Alaska Division of Forestry spokeswoman.

The campground is northeast of where the Funny River fire is currently burning, Weston said.

Meanwhile, an evacuation order in effect east of Mile 7 of Funny River Road is expected to be in effect overnight, despite rumors to the contrary, she said.

“People left and they’re coming back but they can’t go back in the area,” Weston said. “The road is closed.”

Update, 7 p.m.:

An evacuation advisory is now in effect from the end of Feuding Lane in Sterling east to the end of Kenai Keys Road, on the north side of the Kenai River.

“Forestry is on the scene, responding to spot fires in the Kenai Keys area,” wrote Kenai Peninsula Borough spokeswoman Brenda Ahlberg.

Fire officials have said that embers carried by the wind have been sparking small “spot” fires in the Kenai Keys area throughout the day.

There was also a separate house fire in the Kenai Keys area, Ahlberg wrote.

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