Rain Continues to Fall on the Steamboat Creek Fire

Four Fire Boss water-scooping planes stand-by in Gulkana. Photo: Carrie Hale, Alaska Division of Forestry Copper Center, AK: Rain continues to fall over the Steamboat Creek Fire and the Kennicott Valley. In the last 24 hours the fire area has received 0.22 inches of rain and 1.10 inches of rain since July 21st when the […]

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McHugh Fire Special Release

Seward Highway Update: The 35mph speed limit continues through the affected fire area but has been shortened to mile 110 to 112 (McHugh Creek to Beluga Point), pull offs outside that area are now open. Falling rocks and debris are causing intermittent road closures of the Seward Highway due to heavy rain over the burn […]

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100 % Containment/Confinement has been reached

  McHUGH FIRE UPDATE 7-25-16 ANCHORAGE – The McHugh Fire has been confined by firefighting efforts and the use of natural barriers.  The fire remains at an estimated 778 acres. Nearly an inch of rain fell across the fire yesterday aiding firefighting efforts to contain and confine the fire. More rain is forecasted for today. […]

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Exclusive Aerial Footage of Helicopter Bucket Drops on the McHugh Fire

Watch Live exclusive footage from Saturday, July 23rd 2016 as the 412 Bell medium lift helicopter strategically drops water on the McHugh Fire located on the steep terrain south of Anchorage, Alaska. Pilot Jim Acer narrates the piece and describes the challenges and technical specifications of his helicopter as he supports the elite Hot Shot […]

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McHugh Fire Update for 7-24-16

ANCHORAGE – The McHugh Fire continues to be confined by firefighting efforts and natural barriers.  With better mapping, the fire is now estimated at 778 acres and firefighters have reached 30 percent of their containment goal.  Heavy rain today will aid containment and firefighting efforts continue. The fire began July 16 in Chugach State Park, […]

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Rain Forecasted to Continue Through the Weekend

Copper Center, AK: There was very little fire growth on the Steamboat Creek Fire on Friday. The estimated acreage is now 19,600 acres. Burning conditions are unfavorable for growth due to the continued forecast for rain. Smoke was observed on Friday on the south edge of the fire where it was lightly burning outside the […]

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McHugh Fire: Crew Effort Boosts Containment as Weather Shifts

ANCHORAGE – The McHugh Fire is now estimated at 815 acres. Better mapping of the fire has resulted in a decrease of 27 acres. There has been no growth on the fire since Wednesday and, with the forecast calling for continued cool, wet weather for the next few days, fire activity is expected to remain […]

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Tok River Fire gets more rain; now 75 percent contained

July 23, 11:30 a.m. – The Tok River Fire near Tok received another half inch of rain on Friday and is now 75 percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. There are still 137 personnel mopping up the fire approximately 8 miles south of Tok along the Tok Cutoff Highway. Crews have met […]

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Mid Salcha Fire now 90 percent contained

July 23, 11:25 a.m. – Containment on the Mid Salcha Fire increased on Friday while the estimated number of acres burned decreased. Due to better mapping, the burned acreage total for the wildfire near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks is now estimated at 1,049 acres, down from the previous estimate of 1,164 acres, according […]

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McHugh Fire community meeting

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team held a community meeting Friday evening, July 22, 2016, at South Anchorage High School to update residents on the status of firefighting efforts on the McHugh Fire. At the time of the meeting, the McHugh Fire located south of Anchorage, Alaska, had held for 48 hours at a size […]

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