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The state agency that put big money into Buccaneer Energy’s Cook Inlet efforts over the last few years is not happy with the company’s recent bankruptcy filing. After a series of setbacks in Alaska, the Australian oil and gas company filed for bankruptcy.

After almost two weeks battling the Funny River fire, fire crews and residents had a chance to take a quick breather Sunday night at a community barbeque at the Soldotna Sports Center. The Sports Center was a full house, with hundreds of residents coming in to say thank you.

Senator Mark Begich visited incident command at Skyview High School for the Funny River fire last week. He attended press briefings, toured the operations center and spoke about future plans for dealing with this type of disaster.

Governor Sean Parnell signed a $12.8 billion state budget package Wednesday, issuing no vetoes and saying he was proud of the work that he and lawmakers had done. The budget includes funding for many capital projects on the Kenai Peninsula.

It’s been more than one week since the Funny River fire began burning on the Kenai Peninsula. And very early on, one group from Fairbanks has been in control of the firefighting efforts.

Light rain and little wind has helped keep the Funny River fire from growing much for the past two days. It’s 46 percent contained and as of Wednesday night afternoon, it’s estimated to have burned more than 192,000 acres on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Tuesday morning, the fire management team lifted the evacuation of Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end. The road remains under an evacuation alert, which means residents should be ready to leave again if the fire gets worse in that area.

The Funny River Fire continued to burn the central Kenai Peninsula this week. As of Tuesday afternoon, it’s estimated to have burned more than 182,000 acres with 30 percent containment. Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end was evacuated on Sunday afternoon.

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