Crews making progress against Homer wildfire

May 16, 2009 

Crews continued to make progress against the wildfire near Homer on Sunday, thanks to scattered showers and a higher humidity.

Fire spokesman Pete Buist said crews have been helped by the rain and misting that fell Saturday in the fire area 15 miles east of Homer.

The fire has been reduced to just smoldering and was expected to be 65 percent contained by nightfall.

An advisory evacuation was canceled.

About 245 firefighters were tackling the blaze Saturday.

The fire size remained at about 1.7 square miles.

About 50 homes had been threatened by the blaze, including residences in three small Russian Old Believer settlements.

Fire officials said three homes and two other structures in the fire area were destroyed.

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