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An Anchorage woman was airlifted to a hospital after the raft she was in overturned on the Placer River Saturday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Troopers said 63-year-old Kathy Allely was thrown from the raft when it flipped and suffered "a possible back injury and cold shock."

Allely's rafting party made its way to the bank near a railroad bridge between the Spencer Glacier and the Seward Highway, and her husband called 911, troopers said. A Girdwood Fire Department boat and a LifeMed Alaska helicopter responded to the scene, and Allely was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center to be treated for her injuries, which troopers said were not life-threatening.

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Wildfires continued to burn across Alaska Friday, with new blazes popping up daily from humans and lightning.

The daily situation report from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center said 28 new fires were burning Friday and more than 900,000 acres had burned so far this season in Alaska.

Along the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing, the Juneau Lake fire and the Stetson Creek fire were both more than halfway contained, the U.S. Forest Service said. The Stetson Creek fire has burned 212 acres and the Juneau Lake Fire has burned 580 acres. The Card Street fire was contained at 40 percent by Friday...

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A forest ranger attacked by a bear while battling a wildfire near the Sterling Highway earlier this week is doing well, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday in a release, which credited its bear training and and emergency response for averting a worse outcome.

On Monday, Chugach National Forest Glacier District Ranger Tim Charnon was attacked and bitten by a sub-adult brown bear while scouting the Juneau Lake fire burning near Cooper Landing.

“When he first observed the bear, it was charging and there was not enough time to deploy his bear spray,” the Forest Service wrote in a release...

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The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and officials with the Southeast Alaska community of Haines said water from the Haines Borough public water system tested positive for E. coli during routine sampling earlier this week.

Residents utilizing the public water system have been placed on a boil-water notice , with officials advising residents to boil any water intended for cooking or consumption for two minutes before ingesting.

"Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice," the document said...

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The Anchorage Fire Department said an early morning fire that destroyed a Midtown Anchorage restaurant Thursday was accidental.

Fire officials said they received a report at 4:25 a.m. of a fire at the Burger Town restaurant in a strip mall off Fireweed Lane.

The fire was under control by 4:54 a.m., AFD spokesperson John See said, and no one was injured.

A fire investigator called the restaurant a total loss and said other strip mall stores were damaged as well, See said.

At first, AFD called the fire suspicious, but after an investigation, it changed that designation to accidental, See said.

The specific cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.

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Wildfires continued across Alaska on Wednesday, with new fires raising alarms throughout the state.

A situation report from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center said 40 new fires were burning Wednesday and more than 400,000 acres had burned so far this season in Alaska.

Near the village of Tanana, the "very active" Tozitna fire -- ignited by lightning -- had grown to 37,000 acres since Monday, the situation report said. According to the Associated Press, some Tanana residents fled that Interior community Tuesday...

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Forecasters are predicting a bit of relief from the hot, dry summer weather in Southcentral Alaska, with overcast skies and rain showers expected in parts of the region by Wednesday.

“Its going to be a little cooler and a little wetter,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Ahsenmacher said.

The break in the unusually warm weather is coming thanks to a low-pressure system from the North Pacific that is merging with a system from the Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea, Ahsenmacher said.

Rainfall amounts will vary depending on terrain.

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A 26-year-old Fairbanks woman could face multiple charges after a chaotic attack that involved a knife, a stun gun and a hatchet, and ended with the suspect attempting to set a vehicle on fire, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Troopers wrote in an online dispatch that they were notified Monday of a disturbance inside of a grey GMC Yukon parked outside of a home near Farmers Loop Road...

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A firefighter working the Juneau Lake Fire on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula suffered minor injuries Monday evening in a "bear encounter," according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Few details were immediately available. The Forest Service wrote in a release that the firefighter was airlifted to an Anchorage hospital after he walked about a mile from the site of the attack to the helicopter.

The firefighter is "undergoing standard treatment for animal bites," the release said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Update, 9:20 a.m.: Anchorage Police said they arrested Daniel Rocero in connection with a Monday shooting in Mountain View. No other details were immediately available.

Original story: The Anchorage Police Department is asking the public's help locating a suspect wanted in connection with a Monday afternoon shooting in Mountain View.

Thirty-eight-year-old Daniel Rocero is sought on an arrest warrant on charges of first, second, and third-degree assault, police said in a Tuesday morning release.

Police described Rocero as standing 6 feet, 3 inches tall, and weighing about 260 pounds, with brown eyes...

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