Fire lines held yesterday against the south winds, and the remaining evacuations were lifted today as planned. The south winds have brought cooler temperatures and higher humidity, which are helping firefighters. The small increase in acreage occurred on the southwest side of the fire, near Willow Creek and the Sustina River, where isolated pockets of black spruce continue to burn but are not threatening structures.
Firefighters have completed some sections of fire lines along the north, east and south flanks of the fire and will continue building lines around the remaining fire perimeter. While firefighters are making excellent progress suppressing the fire and establishing lines, they are ensuring those lines are secure before considering them in the contained.
Willow Creek is closed to all rafting, boating, fishing and other water activities from mile post 72.5 of the Parks Highway to Willow Creek Campground and Day Use Area. The campground and day use area are also closed.
Pilots are reminded that Temporary Flight Restrictions remain in place for the Sockeye Fire area because of the continued potential for aircraft activity related to fire suppression. On Friday the flight restriction was reduced to permit general aviation traffic into Long Lake, Willow Lake and the Willow Airport. For specific information about Temporary Flight Restrictions, visit http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.jsp.
Evacuation lifted, checkpoints remain in place
Firefighters and Borough officials lifted the remaining evacuation order today. Only residents will be allowed through the security checkpoints, which will remain in place until Monday, June 22.
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.
Traffic control points continue
Traffic control points on the Parks Highway will continue between Willow/Fishhook Road (MP 71) and Sheep Creek Road (MP 78) through the weekend and are expected to be lifted Monday, June 22. Travelers should anticipate delays in this area.
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