05/21/14 - 10:23pm
It has been three days since the first report of a five acre wildfire on a horse trail off of Funny River Road. The blaze had consumed more than 44,000 acres as of Wednesday — more than doubling in size in the span of 24 hours.
As the wildfire spreads, it has burned an area more than 10 miles long and 6 miles wide — nearly twice the size of Manhattan Island — in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Firefighters, emergency services and hotshot crews from all over the United States and Canada are maneuvering into position to continue battling the blaze.