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If you’re heading out camping on Memorial Day weekend, fire officials say, it’s important to be cautious. Dry weather has created dangerous fire conditions for much of Southcentral Alaska.

“Things in Southcentral are still extremely dry due to the lack of precipitation so far this spring/summer so people still need to be careful with anything that could start a fire, such as campfires, debris burning, shooting firearms, riding four-wheelers, cutting firewood, etc,” Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry wrote in an email...

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Last summer, the immense Funny River Horse Trail Fire burned through 195,858 acres of land, prompted evacuations , briefly jumped the Kenai River and required a massive multi-agency response by the time it was done ripping through Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula...

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The public now has a chance to see three orphaned brown bear cubs , rescued earlier this month from Kodiak, in person at the Alaska Zoo.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the cubs are available for public viewing, zoo officials said -- though they warned that it's up to the cubs how much time with the public they'll have, as they'll also have access to their indoor den...

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A 34-year-old man was shot in the face late Wednesday night during a home invasion in East Anchorage, the Anchorage Police Department said.

In a release, police said they responded to an apartment complex on the 400 block of Reka Drive just before midnight. Witnesses told police three masked men demanded money when they entered the apartment, but before the robbers fled they shot a man in the face, APD said.

The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. According to police, the man was grazed by a bullet in his upper arm, and in the front of his mouth, which could result in the loss of some teeth, as well as tissue damage to his lips.

There is no further suspect or vehicle information available, police wrote...

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A mid-morning fire that began in a Butte workshop Wednesday morning spread briefly to nearby woods before being contained by firefighters, Mat-Su emergency officials said.

Multiple neighbors reported the fire, which started in a 10-foot-by-16-foot shop next to a home, at about 8:15 a.m., Ken Barkley, Mat-Su Emergency Services deputy director of fire and rescue said.

The blaze didn't damage the nearby house, but instead spread from a shop to the nearby woodlands, requiring a response from the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Firefighters from Sutton, Butte, Palmer, and Central Emergency Services also responded and were able to contain the fire in about 20 minutes.

Crews were locating hot spots shortly after 9 a.m. Monday...

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The low humidity and warm weather that's created dangerous fire conditions and prompted fire hazard warnings across a wide swath of the state will persist for another week, forecasters warn.

For about a week, the eastern Interior -- including Fairbanks -- and the Copper River Basin areas have been subject to a near-constant stream of red flag warnings , issued when weather conditions make dangerous wildfires especially likely.

Most of the current red flag warnings are in effect only through Wednesday evening, but Fairbanks-based National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Berg said the warnings will likely last another week.

“It’s going to remain very dry for at least another week in the Interior,” Berg said...

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Anchorage residents can expect to see heavy smoke above the Airport Heights neighborhood starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

But don’t be alarmed, fire officials say.

The fire is a controlled exercise being conducted for training purposes at the Anchorage Fire Department training center at Merrill Field, the department said in an early morning release.

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A Wasilla hunting guide pleaded guilty last week to several charges related to illegally guiding clients on hunting and sport-fishing trips, wasting fish and illegally taking a moose in a closed season, Alaska Wildlife Troopers said.

Troopers said they began investigating John Paoletti Sr. in 2012, following a report that he was providing unlicensed fishing trips out of Whittier through his Wasilla business.

In August of that year, Paoletti took troopers, operating undercover, on a guided fishing trip. Then, in June 2013, he took the same undercover troopers on a guided black bear hunt, also based out of Whittier.

After that hunt ended, troopers seized a Hewescraft boat used in both trips, along with all the equipment on the boat, cash and an iPhone...

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A 76-year-old South Carolina man was declared dead Sunday after crashing his truck into a home by the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska State Troopers said.

At 10:29 a.m. Soldotna dispatchers received a call reporting the collision near Mile 151.5 of the highway, and that Adolph Weitzel was trapped and unresponsive inside the 2006 Chevy truck, troopers reported.

Weitzel was extricated from the vehicle by emergency responders, then taken to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer where he was pronounced dead, troopers said.

No one else was in the vehicle at the time of the collision, and there is no indication anyone was inside the home, trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said...

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A vehicle rollover on the Parks Highway Saturday left a woman with life-threatening injuries after the driver fell asleep at the wheel, Alaska State Troopers said.

In an online dispatch, troopers wrote at 5:20 a.m. Saturday they responded to a rollover at mile 252 of the highway, in Healy. Troopers say the driver Zachary Butt, 21, was headed north when he fell asleep.

The 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crossed over the southbound lanes, then rolled multiple times off the shoulder of the road, troopers said.

Victoria Strackbein, 34, was in the passenger seat and received life-threatening injuries, although troopers did not specify what her injuries were. She was medivaced from the Healy airport to Providence Hospital in Anchorage, troopers said...

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