- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska officials say a smoldering campfire was the cause of a wildfire that had threatened homes near the state’s largest city.

The state Division of Forestry said Thursday the unextinguished campfire originated in a deep ravine in an area not commonly used by hikers. Officials say the campfire was not set in a campfire ring.

The wildfire was sparked July 16 in Chugach State Park about 10 miles south of Anchorage. The fire came within a mile of two residential subdivisions until substantial rains helped fire crews completely contain it on Sunday.

The blaze burned about 1 ½ square miles in an area that includes cliffs overlooking the Seward Highway, the only road leading south of town.

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