Willow

Fire danger remains high

Cooler weather is helping fire crews, and there have been no new evacuations. However 314 fires are burning in Alaska, and fire danger remains high.  Eight fires, consuming 190-thousand acres are burning near the village of Tanana, which is under voluntary evacuation. Those fires are zero percent contained.

The Rex Complex fire  near Anderson, at 16-thousand acres, is 15% contained. 

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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.

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.

KTOO - Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska