Wildfire prompts evacuation order for areas near Anderson

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (APA) – Evacuation orders have been issued for people living in subdivisions in about 45 homes after strong winds approached them.

The fire is burning near the Anderson community, 81 miles (130 km) southwest of Ferbanks. The city of Anderson itself is not under an eviction order.

However, in the nearby suburbs of Kobe Ag, Kota and Anderson, they were told to leave their homes after the fire broke out within 3 miles (4.83 km), said Sam Harel, spokesman for the Alaska Forest Department.

About 7 square miles[18 sq km]of fire broke out on Tuesday. It is burning in a mixture of tundra, brush, hardwoods and black spruce.

Conditions rise above Friday’s expected temperatures and winds, bringing fires closer to fractions. Officials said Saturday’s conditions were reasonable.

Denali District has set up evacuation sites: Helley’s Tree-Valley School, south of Anderson, and north of Anderson, a city school in Nenana.

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