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Alaska governor issues disaster declaration as wildfires rage

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Alaska governor issues disaster declaration for wildfires

At least 83 structures have been destroyed as wildfires rage north of Anchorage, Alaska, authorities said Friday.

Alaska Gov. Michael Dunleavy (R) issued a disaster declaration Friday for the Matanuska Susitna Borough and Kenai Peninsula Borough due to the flames. He cited three different fires in a statement: the McKinley, Deshka Landing, and Swan Lake wildfires.

Hundreds of Alaskans have been evacuated to escape the flames that began Sunday night along the Parks Highway in the state, which is a major thoroughfare that connects Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve and Fairbanks, according to ABC News.


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