Sockeye Fire still estimated at 6,500 acres, evacuation advisory still in place

10:55 a.m. –

Here is the latest map of the evacuation area for the 6,500-acre Sockeye Fire near Willow. The evacuation area is from Miles 63 to 78 on the Parks Highway and extends two miles east of the highway and west to the Susitna River.

The latest map of the evacuation area for the 6,500-acre Sockeye Fire near Willow.

The latest map of the evacuation area for the 6,500-acre Sockeye Fire near Willow.

Fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry are flying the fire now to get a gauge on fire activity and produce a new map of the fire perimeter. We hope to publish an update on the fire soon.
The latest update on the Parks Highway as of 10:30 a.m. is that the road is open to one-lane traffic with a pilot car. Travelers should expect delays and intermittent closures depending on fire activity. The goal of the day is to keep the road open and move vehicles through the area with pilot cars but that is dependent on fire activity.
There is a Red Flag Warning in effect for the Susitna Valley through 10 p.m. Monday for strong wind and low relative humidity.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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