Cooler temperatures and higher humidity have allowed firefighters to complete and secure fire lines along portions of the north, northeast, south and west flanks. Fire containment has jumped to 53%. Re-entry of residents within the fire perimeter is going smoothly. Today crews will continue mop up operations around the remaining fire perimeter.
Isolated pockets of black spruce near Willow Creek and the Susitna River on the southwest side of the fire continue to burn but are not threatening structures. Smoldering continues in the duff along portions of the east flank. Though residents and Parks Highway motorists will see smoke and smoldering, the number of acres burned did not increase yesterday.
Firefighters are asking residents and the public to be mindful of the fire traffic and firefighters working in the area. Please drive slowly with your lights on and use extreme caution when traveling in the fire area.
Willow Creek is closed to all rafting, boating, fishing and other water activities from milepost 72.5 of the Parks Highway to Willow Creek Campground and Day Use Area. The campground and day use area are also closed. These areas reopen Monday, June 22.
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, June 19th 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
Even though all evacuation orders have been lifted, only residents will be allowed into the fire perimeter through the security checkpoints, which will remain in place until Monday, June 22. Alaska State Troopers continue to keep a strong presence patrolling within the fire 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 today and are expected to be lifted tomorrow. Travelers should anticipate delays in this area.
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