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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 6:20 pm | Updated: 12:06 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

PALMER, Alaska - Authorities say a fire pushed by 50 mph winds raced across more than 150 acres north of Palmer, Alaska, temporarily threatening nearly a dozen homes.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough spokeswoman Patty Sullivan said in an email to The Associated Press that no homes burned in Thursday's fire. By about 8 p.m., Sullivan said residents who had evacuated from the Cedar Hills subdivision were being allowed to return. They were cautioned that hot spots remained in nearby woods and fields.

Sullivan says the fire had threatened three homes in the Cedar Hills subdivision and another eight in Wickersham Circle.

Minor injuries were reported to three firefighters.

The blaze spread after a truck caught on fire in an accident on the Glenn Highway near the Palmer Fishhook Road.

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