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The Funny River Fire near Soldotna continues to burn more than a month after it started, with more than $10 million spent so far to fight it.

The fire has claimed nearly 196,000 acres, but for the past few weeks fire officials say it hasn't grown much. Some areas along its southeastern perimeter, east of Tustumena, continue to smolder.

Alaska Division of Forestry officials say the wildfire is currently 60 percent contained. At its peak, they say more than 700 fire-related workers were assigned to the blaze, but today only one crew of 24 people remains.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will ultimately be responsible for firefighting costs. Despite a recent trend of rainy weather, fire officials say the Funny River fire is expected to burn throughout the summer.

"Most likely large fires like this, it's going to take the seasonal rains and the season-ending snows to really extinguish all the heat out there," said Division of Forestry spokesperson Sam Harrel.

So far this year, Forestry officials say there have been a total of 270 fires across the state.