Card Street Wildfire

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Boaters on the Kenai River watch a hot spot from the Park Street wildfire on Wednesday June 17, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska.
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A firefighter works to clear an area on a bluff above the Kenai Keys on Wednesday June 18, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska.
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A lone boat trailer sits parked at the Lower Skilak Campground after the area was evacuated in advance of the Card Street wildfire on June 17, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska.
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Smoke fills the woods near the Kenai Keys on Wednesday June 17, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska.
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A plane does a flyover of the Card Street wildfire on Wednesday June 7, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska. The fire picked up a southwest wind and expanded as it raced toward the Kenai Mountains. Authorities estimated Thurday that it had grown to 9,000 acres.
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The Card Street wildfire gained momentum on Wednesday June 17, 2015 and made a big push northeast toward the Kenai Mountains and the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing, Alaska. The wildfire tripled in size to about 9,000 acres.
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A hot spot burns along the Kenai River near the Kenai Keys on Wednesday June 17, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska.
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The Card Street wildfire gained momentum on Wednesday June 17, 2015 and made a big push northeast toward the Kenai Mountains and the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing, Alaska. The wildfire tripled in size to about 9,000 acres.
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Boaters on the Kenai River watch the Park Street wildfire burn near the Kenai Keys on Wednesday June 17, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska.
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Firefighters hop off of a boat onto a staging area in the Kenai Keys where crews have been battling the Card Street wildfire to keep it from overtaking the neighborhood on Wednesday June 17, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska. Authorities said the fire has reached 9,000 acres.
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The Card Street wildfire gained momentum on Wednesday June 17, 2015 and made a big push northeast toward the Kenai Mountains and the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing, Alaska. The wildfire tripled in size to about 9,000 acres.
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A tree burns near Kenai Keys road on June 17, 2015 after the Card Street wild fire burned thousands of acres near the Sterling, Alaska subdivision. Fire crews spent the early morning hours monitoring the neighborhood and putting out spot fires with the help of watchful residents.
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A structure on Slough Avenue burns late into the night after the Card Street wild fire burned near the Kenai Key subdivision on June 17, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska. The flames burned high from a damaged gas line.
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A partially constructed home sits, surrounded by burned trees from the Card Street Far near Slough Avenue in the Kenai Keys neighborhood on Wednesday June 17, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska.
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Doug Simonds and Evan Seaman take a four-wheeler around the Kenai Keys subdivision looking for spot fires leftover from the Card Street wildfire on Wednesday June 17, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska.
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A Homer Electric Association lineman lights a power line during the early morning hours of Wednesday June 17, 2015 as crews worked on the lines heading into the Kenai Keys subdivision in Sterling, Alaska where the Card Street wild fire has burned thousands of acres and is threatening hundreds of homes.
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HEA lineman work on the power lines running to the Kenai Keys subdivision early Wednesday morning on June 17, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska. Power has been out for Kenai Keys neighborhood residents where the Card Street wildfire has burned thousands of acres, ten structures and is threatening hundreds more.
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HEA linemen work on the power lines in the early morning hours as spot fires burn close by near the Kenai Keys subdivision where the Card Street fire has burned thousands of acres and several structures.
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Central Emergency Services personnel confirm with the State of Alaska's Division of Forestry firefighters to plot strategy after the Card Street Fire died down Tuesday evening on June 16, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska.
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A State of Alaska Division of Forestry firefighter speeds down Kenai Keys Road on a four-wheeler as firefighters worked to contain the Card Street Fire on Tuesday June 16, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska.
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Two Nikiski Fire Department firefighters walk down Feuding Lane where the Card Street fire has burned thousands of acres on June 16, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska. State forestry firefighters have been joined by firefighters from Homer, Seward and Nikiski in addition to Central Kenai Peninsula firefighting personnel.
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A helicopter returns from a dumping run on the north shore of the Kenai River on Tuesday, June 16.
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Smoke and ash filled the air near the Kenai Keys subdivision as the Card Street fire burned through thousands of acres of spruce and hardwood, threatening hundreds of homes, on June 16, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska. Kenai Peninsula Borough officials announced that 10 structures had been lost, at least 3 were homes.
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Smoke from the Card Street wildfire looms over the Sterling Highway on Tuesday June 16, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska.
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A group of fishermen watch as a water bomber takes water from Skilak Lake to fight the Card Street wildfire on Tuesday June 16, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska. The group, a guide from the Silent Run Guide Service and two fishermen from Connecticut and Massachusets said they'd fished for just over an hour as ash fell from the fire onto the Kenai River. Authorities have evacuated the Upper and Lower Skilak Lake campgrounds and closed part of Skilak Loop Road — though the boat ramps remain open.
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Boats came and went from the Upper Skilak Campground boat launch as authorities worked to evacuate the area in the face of the advancing Card Street wildfire on Tuesday June 16, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska. The wildfire moved rapidly northeast toward the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and authorities have evacuated the Upper and Lower Skilak Lake campground. They have also closed Skilak Loop Road from its southern intersection with the Sterling Highway to the Lower Skilak Lake Campground.
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Jim Cutshall and his companion golden retriever Shamy talk to a law enforcement officer as they prepared to leave the Upper Skilak campground as the Card Street wildfire loomed in the distance on Tuesday June 16, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska. Cutshall, of Anchorage, said he had been camping for a few days and had considered leaving before being evacuated as the ash had begun falling regularly and the fire seemed to be growing larger. Authorities have evacuated the Upper and Lower Skilak Campground and have closed Skilak Loop Road from its intersection with the Sterling Highway to the Lower Skilak Campground.
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Jim Cutshall, of Anchorage, watches a smoke from the Card Street wild fire overtakes the sun on Tuesday June 16, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska. Cutshall and several others were evacuated from the Upper and Lower Skilak campgrounds as the fire marched northeast toward the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Both campgrounds and a portion of Skilak Loop Road from its south intersection with the Sterling Highway up to the Lower Skilak campground, have been evacuated due to fire danger.
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Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and a group from the University of Kent prepare to launch on Skilak Lake as a water bomber scoops from the lake to battle the Card Street wildfire on Tuesday June 16, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska. The group launched from a boat launch at the Upper Skilak Campground as authorities worked to evacuate campers from the area. Skilak Lake Loop has since been closed from its southern intersection with the Sterling Highway up to the Lower Skilak Campground as the fire advances northeast into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
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A water bomber scoops water from Skilak Lake to fight the Card Street wildfire on Tuesday June 16, 2015 near Sterling, Alaska. The fire began moving northeast and authorities evacuated campgrounds on Skilak Loop Road on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. A portion of Skilak Loop Road has also been closed to the Lower Skilak Lake Campground, thought the boat launch remained open. The Kenai Peninsula Borough's Office of Emergency Management reports that 10 structures have been damaged in the fire, including three homes. It is estimated to have consumed about 1800 acres.
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A helicopter takes off with a bucket of water scooped from the Kenai River to dump on the 1,500 acre wildfire encroaching on the Kenai's north bank near the end of Fisherman's Avenue on Tuesday, June 16.
 

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