Alaska wildfire prompts evacuations from remote lodge

    Photo credit to AK Fire Info.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A remote hunting lodge that serves as a checkpoint in Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has been evacuated after lightning sparked a wildfire nearby.

    KTUU reported 26 employees and guests of the Rainy Pass Lodge were evacuated Tuesday night and flown 125 miles (201 kilometers) to Anchorage.

    The American Red Cross provided shelter for 12. The rest made other accommodations.

    The Alaska Division of Forestry said the fire was reported Tuesday evening.

    Alaska Division of Forestry spokeswoman Sarah Saarloos said as of Wednesday afternoon, the fire was 120 acres. She said light rain earlier Wednesday slowed the fire's growth.

    Saarloos said 20 horses from the lodge were released for their safety and remain at the site.

    The lodge serves as a checkpoint on the Iditarod each March.

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