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Alaska officials close forest  areas as wildfire approaches


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials closed some forest lands to all uses as a wildfire approached the Chugach National Forest, a report said.

Smoke from the growing Swan Lake wildfire pushed into Anchorage Sunday, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday.

Air quality was listed as unhealthy in Anchorage as of 11 a.m. Sunday.

The fire on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska was ignited by a lightning strike June 5 and has been burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

The fire had stretched to about 144 square miles (373 square kilometers) Sunday, officials said.

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