12/29/14 - 9:03pm
Editor's note: A woman in this article was identified by an incorrect last name. Erik Huebsch's wife is Catherine Cassidy.
When the Funny River wildfire broke out on May 19, the wind-driven blaze threatened thousands of homes between Funny River and Tustumena Lake. It took several million dollars and nearly 800 personnel to contain the northern and western edges of the blaze and steer it further into the wildlife refuge, away from local communities.
All-told, the fire consumed nearly 200,000 acres of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge land.