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Funny River fire jumps Kenai River

LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Ted Wellman, left, and his brother Tom Wellman maneuver TomÕs boat in a shallow part of the Kenai River two miles upstream from their homes in the Kenai Keys neighborhood of Sterling on Monday, May 26, 2014. The Funny River fire crossed the Kenai River and is burning its way towards the Sterling highway.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch A spot fire burns on the north shore of the Kenai River near Torpedo Lake on Monday, May 26, 2014. The Funny River fire crossed the Kenai River at this point overnight and is advancing rapidly.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch A helicopter carries supplies for firefighters working on a fire break line near the Kenai Keys neighborhood of Sterling on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The forest near Upper Killey River, a tributary of the Kenai River, smolders on Monday, May 26, 2014, a day after the Funny River fire burned through the area, jumping the Kenai River.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch A stump burns on Monday, May 26, 2014, near the Upper Killey River, a tributary of the Kenai River. The Funny River fire burned through the area overnight.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Firefighters prepare to create a fire break between the Funny River fire and the Kenai Keys neighborhood of Sterling on Monday, May 26, 2014. The fire jumped the Kenai River overnight, threatening the neighborhood.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Alaska State Park ranger Jacques Kosto surveys the damage to WallyÕs cabin, which was destroyed overnight, on May 26, 2014, as the Funny River fire advanced past the Kenai River at the Kenai Keys neighborhood of Sterling. The uninhabited cabin was donated to the state park three years ago, according to Kosto.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The remains of WallyÕs cabin are visible Monday, May 26, 2014, after the structure was destroyed overnight as the Funny River fire advanced past the Kenai River at the Kenai Keys neighborhood of Sterling. The uninhabited cabin was donated to the state park three years ago, according to Alaska State Park ranger Jacques Kosto.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Blake Geddys stands at his compound Monday, May 26, 2014, on the south shore of the Kenai River near Kenai Keys, which he and a group of friends managed to save from an onrushing wildfire on Sunday night.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Blake GeddysÕ compound, on the south shore of the Kenai River near the Kenai Keys neighborhood, stands Monday, May 26, 2014, after it survived an overnight onslaught from the rapidly advancing Funny River fire. Geddys and a group of friends managed to save every structure, while the surrounding forest completely burned.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Kenai Keys residents and a firefighter monitor a flare up across from the Sterling neighborhood on Monday, May 26, 2014. The Funny River fire jumped the Kenai River overnight, narrowly missing the neighborhood.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch With smoke from the Funny River wildfire darkening the sky, a horse grazes in a pasture along Feuding Lane in Sterling on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Smoke from the Funny River fire darkens the sky east of Soldotna on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Funny River fire burns near the western edge of Tustumena Lake on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Funny River fire burns between Star Lake and Tustumena Lake on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Firefighters work along the completed fire line near Kasilof on Monday, May 26, 2014. The dark red streak is fire retardant.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Funny River fire burns near Skilak Lake on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Funny River fire burns south of the Kenai River in Soldotna on Monday, May 26, 2014. The Funny River neighborhood, which was evacuated on Sunday, is between the fire and the river.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Funny River fire burns near homes off of Funny River Road on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Ted Wellman, left, and his brother Tom Wellman maneuver TomÕs boat in a shallow part of the Kenai River two miles upstream from their homes in the Kenai Keys neighborhood of Sterling on Monday, May 26, 2014. The Funny River fire crossed the Kenai River and is burning its way towards the Sterling highway.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch A spot fire burns on the north shore of the Kenai River near Torpedo Lake on Monday, May 26, 2014. The Funny River fire crossed the Kenai River at this point overnight and is advancing rapidly.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch A helicopter carries supplies for firefighters working on a fire break line near the Kenai Keys neighborhood of Sterling on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The forest near Upper Killey River, a tributary of the Kenai River, smolders on Monday, May 26, 2014, a day after the Funny River fire burned through the area, jumping the Kenai River.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch A stump burns on Monday, May 26, 2014, near the Upper Killey River, a tributary of the Kenai River. The Funny River fire burned through the area overnight.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Firefighters prepare to create a fire break between the Funny River fire and the Kenai Keys neighborhood of Sterling on Monday, May 26, 2014. The fire jumped the Kenai River overnight, threatening the neighborhood.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Alaska State Park ranger Jacques Kosto surveys the damage to WallyÕs cabin, which was destroyed overnight, on May 26, 2014, as the Funny River fire advanced past the Kenai River at the Kenai Keys neighborhood of Sterling. The uninhabited cabin was donated to the state park three years ago, according to Kosto.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The remains of WallyÕs cabin are visible Monday, May 26, 2014, after the structure was destroyed overnight as the Funny River fire advanced past the Kenai River at the Kenai Keys neighborhood of Sterling. The uninhabited cabin was donated to the state park three years ago, according to Alaska State Park ranger Jacques Kosto.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Blake Geddys stands at his compound Monday, May 26, 2014, on the south shore of the Kenai River near Kenai Keys, which he and a group of friends managed to save from an onrushing wildfire on Sunday night.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Blake GeddysÕ compound, on the south shore of the Kenai River near the Kenai Keys neighborhood, stands Monday, May 26, 2014, after it survived an overnight onslaught from the rapidly advancing Funny River fire. Geddys and a group of friends managed to save every structure, while the surrounding forest completely burned.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Kenai Keys residents and a firefighter monitor a flare up across from the Sterling neighborhood on Monday, May 26, 2014. The Funny River fire jumped the Kenai River overnight, narrowly missing the neighborhood.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch With smoke from the Funny River wildfire darkening the sky, a horse grazes in a pasture along Feuding Lane in Sterling on Monday, May 26, 2014.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Smoke from the Funny River fire darkens the sky east of Soldotna on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Funny River fire burns near the western edge of Tustumena Lake on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Funny River fire burns between Star Lake and Tustumena Lake on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch Firefighters work along the completed fire line near Kasilof on Monday, May 26, 2014. The dark red streak is fire retardant.
Loren Holmes
LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Funny River fire burns near Skilak Lake on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Funny River fire burns south of the Kenai River in Soldotna on Monday, May 26, 2014. The Funny River neighborhood, which was evacuated on Sunday, is between the fire and the river.
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LOREN HOLMES / Alaska Dispatch The Funny River fire burns near homes off of Funny River Road on Monday, May 26, 2014.
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