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AK fire burns 12 homes

A wildfire in a remote western Alaska Eskimo village burned 12 homes this week and left as many as 65 people homeless.

BY HEATHER MOYER | HOOPER BAY, Alaska | August 5, 2006

A wildfire in a remote western Alaska Eskimo village burned 12 homes this week and left as many as 65 people homeless.

Residents of the Yupik Eskimo Village are reeling after a wildfire burned 15-acres and 35 structures in their town Thursday. No one was injured, but 12 homes burned to the ground.

At one point the the quick-moving blaze forced the evacuation of 250 people. The community's school, some teacher housing and a convenience store also burned.

Yupik Village is 500 miles west of Anchorage and is home to 1,100 people. State officials are on hand helping residents recover. The cause of the fire is unknown.


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