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Houston, one of the few places in Southcentral Alaska where fireworks are generally legal, has officially banned their use and sales over the Fourth of July weekend, even as the state announced it was lifting a broader suspension of fireworks sales and canceling a burn prohibition across most of the state.Zaz Hollander
Alaska State Troopers said a car crashed into electrical wires early Wednesday morning, sending one person to the hospital. The crash disrupted power to 5,900 members, Matanuska Electric Association said.Alaska Dispatch News
A burn ban was lifted Tuesday in many parts of Alaska but remains in place in Anchorage and Western Alaska, the Division of Forestry announced. Laurel Andrews,Zaz Hollander
The Matanuka-Susitna Borough just knocked $2 million more off the asking price for the M/V Susitna, the borough's ill-fated ferry that never made it into Cook Inlet service and now doesn't even run. Zaz Hollander

As fans from around the world raise money for displaced mushers, a group called Willow Community Rebuild Project has rallied a local volunteer force of about 150 people and major amounts of material and equipment to build homes for at least seven families devastated by the fire.

Zaz Hollander,Loren Holmes
Grass-roots recovery campaigns are rising from the ashes of the Willow-area Sockeye Fire that destroyed 55 homes. Help is coming from as far away as England and as close as next door.Zaz Hollander

Willow stronger: Volunteers hustle to help Sockeye fire victims recover

June 27, 2015 - 8:02am -- EMillard
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Grass-roots recovery campaigns are rising from the ashes of the Willow-area Sockeye fire that destroyed 55 homes. Help is coming from as far away as England and as close as next door.

Sixteen employees at the McGrath forward-operating base are being laid off July 1. The state defends the budget cuts as necessary, but Alaska forestry director Chris Maisch acknowledges that the situation is “not ideal.” Laurel Andrews
Alaska State Troopers say the death of Christopher Seaman, 23, a Palmer man found in a vehicle parked off the highway in Big Lake, has been ruled a homicide.Alaska Dispatch News
Relief groups say they need to focus on displaced victims of the Sockeye fire near Willow and are asking the public to shift to financial donations. Zaz Hollander
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