Sockeye Fire 90 percent contained

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Containment of the fire perimeter is 90 percent, while the acres burned have dropped to 7,220 due to better mapping. Pockets of unburned vegetation within the fire perimeter continue smoldering, and isolated flare-ups may occur. Warmer and dryer weather is forecasted for the next two days. Residents might see more smoke as a result.

Hot ash pits and falling trees remain hazardous to anyone in the burned area. Returning residents are advised to wear leather gloves, protective clothing and leather boots. Please be mindful of firefighters and use extra caution when driving in the fire area.Fire crews, equipment and aircraft continue to be released to other firesas progress continues on the Sockeye Fire.Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s damage assessment team has been able to continue their assessment of structures within the fire area and access areas of the fire that were previously inaccessible. The damage assessment team reported that 55 structures were destroyed, 44 had major damage, and 238 were affected by the fire – for a total of 337 properties impacted by the Sockeye Fire.

Flight RestrictionsTemporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) 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. Pilots are advised to visit http://tfr.faa.gov to viewNOTAMs for the numerous TFRs in place throughout Alaska.

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