Sockeye Fire Update – Friday, June 19

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Firefighters are making substantial progress on the Sockeye Fire, and several restrictions are being reduced today. Today firefighters will closely monitor fire lines and fire behavior as winds shift 180 degrees and begin coming from the south.The 7,066 fire did not grow significantly yesterday, although small isolated pockets of vegetation burned on the southwest flank of the fire, producing noticeable columns of smoke. The fire is five percent contained.  That  containment figure refers to completed fire line. While firefighters are making excellent progress suppressing the fire and establishing lines, they are ensuring those lines are secure before considering them in the containment figure.

Firefighters are asking residents and the public to be mindful of the fire traffic and firefighters working in the area. Please drive slowly and with your lights on, and use extreme caution when traveling in this area.

 Evacuation area reduced

Firefighters and Borough officials reduced the evacuation area to within the fire perimeter beginning at 10 a.m. today. Maps of the fire perimeter are available on Facebook (Sockeye Fire) and Inciweb (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4288/).

Homeowners who have lost homes are being allowed to re-enter the evacuation area between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. today.

The evacuation order for the remaining area is anticipated to be fully lifted beginning Saturday, June 20. At that point residents only will be allowed through the security checkpoints, which will remain in place until Monday, June 22.

Traffic control points narrowed

Beginning today at 10 a.m., the traffic control points on the Parks Highway will be reduced to between Willow/Fishhook Road (MP 71) and Sheep Creek Road (MP 78). Travelers should anticipate delays in this area. These traffic control points are expected to be lifted Monday, June 22.

Flight restrictions reduced

Beginning today at 8 a.m., the Temporary Flight Restriction in place for the Sockeye Fire area was reduced to permit general aviation traffic into Long Lake, Willow Lake and the Willow Airport.

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