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Forecast has crews battling Alaska wildfires on high alert

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(AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). Southbound traffic, on the left, is allowed to move on the Parks Highway near Willow, Alaska, Monday, June 15, 2015, while northbound drivers wait their turn to be escorted through an active wildfire area. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). Southbound traffic, on the left, is allowed to move on the Parks Highway near Willow, Alaska, Monday, June 15, 2015, while northbound drivers wait their turn to be escorted through an active wildfire area.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A wildfire on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula has more than doubled and is estimated at about 2.3 square miles.

Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman Andy Alexandrou says Tuesday that the fire is burning eastward away from homes and into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

He says six structures have been destroyed. But he's not sure if that includes homes or just outbuildings.

The fire near Sterling is one of two near rural Alaska highway communities.

A second fire near Willow 40 miles north of Anchorage has blackened nearly 12 square miles.

That fire is burning on both sides of the Parks Highway in a corridor bordered by the Susitna River on the west and Alaska Railroad tracks on the east. It has destroyed 25 homes.

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