Alaska's largest tribe is boycotting FedEx, a sponsor of the Washington, D.C. NFL team whose name and mascot many consider derogatory to Native Americans. The Juneau Empire reports the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced Thursday that it has told tribal employees use of FedEx services will be discontinued.  FedEx is one of the team's top sponsors and owns naming rights to the Washington D.C. stadium. 

Wayside closures will affect travelers on Glenn, Richardson and Tok Cutoff highways

Volunteers from Galena 40 miles upriver from Nulato are taking boats to Nulato to help with the evacuation. The fire was sparked by lightning on Sunday just a mile from the village of 270. 

Cart St. fire near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula is now 25 percent contained after burning 11 structures. The Sockeye fire near Willow, 40 miles north of Anchorage, is 79 percent contained after burning 26 homes. 

A break in Alaska's unseasonably warm weather is helping firefighters fight fires in Southcentral Alaska. The Sockeye fire is 73% contained after burning 26 homes. Evacuees are returning to the burn area. 

Gov. Bill Walker declared a state disaster in response to damage from fires on the Kenai Peninsula.

About 200 people in Juneau met in a suicide prevention conference that started with information about the link between strong trauma and suicide, and discussions of how to provide children with care that helps build resilience.. 

Stefan Hinman, Public Information Officer / Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Evacuation area reduced, and opened to homeowners who lost homes

  By Liz Ruskin, APRN

Managers of the Sockeye Fire near Willow plan to begin letting residents back into the evacuation area today. At 10 this morning, the evacuation zone will be reduced to the fire perimeter line, controlled by nine security checkpoints. Homeowners who have lost homes will be let into the fire zone starting at 11. The evacuation is set to end entirely on Saturday but security checkpoints will remain in place through the weekend.

Nikiski Fire Dept.

      By Phillip Manning, KTNA and Liz Ruskin, APRN

Some 500 firefighters working around the clock are making good progress on the Sockeye fire near Willow, which is holding steady at just over 7-thousand-500 acres.

Sockeye Fire – the nation’s top firefighting priority – has stopped its wild growth

By Phillip Manning, KTNA; Ann Hillman, APRN; Shaylon Cochran, KDLL; and Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

The Sockeye Fire that’s burned 12 square miles is zero percent contained, but it did not grow on Tuesday. It didn’t make any aggressive runs, and it’s no longer “crowning” – or leaping from one treetop to another. Low winds kept the size steady. Firefighters are reporting “really good progress” on containing the northern portion and hope to have containment within a day or so.

A new map of the Sockeye Fire near Willow shows it grew modestly on Monday, to 7-point-5-thousand acres. Fire activity was on the northeast and southeast corners of the burn area. The fire has slowed from Sunday when it spread ten miles and burned 6,500 acres. Yesterday, Governor Bill Walker declared a state disaster in response to widespread damage from the Sockeye Fire. 

Willow wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate By Josh Edge, APRN A quick-moving wildfire started yesterday [Sunday] near Willow has displaced hundreds of area residents and halted travel along the Parks Highway much of last night and this morning. As of about 1 o'clock this morning [Monday] the fire was estimated at about 6,500 acres.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough spokesperson Pam Ness said the fire does not appear to have grown much since then.
"The fire laid down last night, pretty much in the same area that it was," said Ness.

By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN

The Alaska House and Senate have reached a deal on the state’s operating budget. For weeks, the two bodies have been at an impasse over whether to fund cost-of-living raises for public employees. House Democrats argued that the state should not go back on its contract with state workers, while Senate Republicans held that it was inappropriate to grant them a pay increase when the state faces a multi-billion-dollar deficit. The House Republican majority acted as a go between.