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Alaska wildfire grows, spurs evacuations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Officials say a massive wildfire burning in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage has grown in windy conditions and mandatory evacuations are underway.

Alaska Interagency Management Team spokeswoman Michelle Weston says 1,000 structures are in the area under evacuation, but she doesn't have a number of people who were told to flee their homes.

She says the fire was recently nearly 218 square miles and has grown significantly. She didn't immediately have an estimated size.

The Funny River Fire is named after a road near its northern edge where all residents are being evacuated. She says no injuries were reported, and it's unclear if any buildings were damaged.

She says Alaska State Troopers are going door to door, evacuating an area that's mostly second homes and home to many retirees.

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