Homes evacuated as Homer wildfire spreads

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009

HOMER - A wildfire has forced the evacuation of about 40 people from their homes near Homer.

The wildfire had grown to about 300 acres late Wednesday afternoon, and officials said firefighters were working to keep the blaze away from about 20 homes.

Alaska State Troopers began the evacuations Wednesday afternoon. The fire was started Tuesday evening by a downed power line, and was spreading by consuming grass and black spruce near East End Road.

The fire had been about 40 percent contained earlier in the day, but Division of Forestry spokeswoman Sharon Roesch told the Anchorage Daily News the fire was fanned by a steady breeze. She says there is no containment at this point.

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