Wildfire prompts evacuation order for areas near Anderson

    Aerial photograph shows column of smoke rising from a wildland fire. (Photo credit: Rene Sanche.)

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An evacuation order has been issued for people living in about 45 homes in subdivisions near a community in Interior Alaska after winds pushed the Clear Fire closer to them.

    The fire is burning near the community of Anderson, about 81 miles southwest of Fairbanks.

    The city of Anderson itself is not under an evacuation order.

    However, fire officials said Saturday that those in the nearby Kobe Ag, Quota and Anderson subdivisions are after the fire came within 3 miles.

    The Denali Borough has set up evacuation sites at the Tri-Valley School in Healy, which is south of Anderson, and at the city school in Nenana, north of Anderson.

    Lightning started the fire Tuesday.

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