Sockeye Fire evacuation area expanded

Sockeye Fire Map 6-14-15 10-30 p

10:30 p.m. – The Sockeye Fire burning along the Parks Highway in the Willow area has grown to 4,183 acres.  The evacuation area extends from Miles 66 to 77 of the Parks Highway and the highway remains closed.  The fire is burning on both sides of the Parks Highway and has crossed the Willow Creek Parkway.

The fast-moving fire forced the closure of the shelter that had been set up at the Willow Community Center.  The shelter is now located at the Houston Middle School.

Firefighters on the ground are focused on protecting structures, while multiple aircraft from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska Fire Service are continuing to drop retardant and water on the fire.

More resources have been ordered for the fire, including five hotshot crews from the Lower 48 .

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect over the fire area. Information about the TFR can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html.

There is the potential for smoke impacts from the Sockeye Fire in the Mat-Su and Anchorage Monday morning.  Air quality advisories can be found at http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Advisories

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