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A grass fire east of Homer burned more than eight acres Thursday evening before firefighters were able to put it out. Andy Alexandrou of the state Division of Forestry said the fire started around 4 p.m. at about Mile 12 of East End Road.

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.

As the Funny River Fire continues to burn the central Kenai Peninsula, check back here for updates. We'll post emergency contact information, evacuation information, and road closures as well as regularly updated fire statistics. Check out our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and tune in to KBBI AM 890 for more information.

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.

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.

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