Sockeye Fire Update: July 5, 2015
Fire Information: George Coyle
Division of Forestry (907) 761-6233
Incident Commander: Kevin Menkens
Alaska Division of Forestry
Acres Burned: 7220
Cause: Human – Under investigation
Structures Destroyed: 55
Closures: Burn Permits in Mat-Su Area are suspended. Open fires banned on Mat-Su Borough Lands. . A burn ban/closure is in effect for the Municipality of Anchorage
Incident Summary: The Sockeye fire began on Sunday June 14, 2015 six miles north of Willow on private property. The fire spread south across the Little Willow and Willow Creeks and east across the Parks Highway and Alaska Railroad tracks eventually destroying 55 homes and cabins along with numerous out buildings. The fire is currently managed at the Type 4 level. It has burned 7,220 acres and full containment is expected on July 9. There have been 4 injuries on the fire.
Current Situation: Crews continue to find heat inside the perimeter around structures and in the berms along the roads in neighborhoods. Sunny conditions have revealed several areas of heat this afternoon that requires extensive mop-up and patrolling. The remaining 11 members of the R- 10 crew demobed this afternoon. Twenty-eight personnel remain.
Burn Restrictions: The burn ban on Matanuska-Susitna Borough public lands remains in effect. All open fires including camp fires, bonfires, and trash fires are banned on Borough lands.
Burn permits for all open burning are still suspended. Permits holders should call 907-761-6312 for updated information. Campfires, charcoal BBQ’s, warming, and cooking fires are now allowed on private property. Most State campgrounds now allow camp fires in established fire rings or grates. Check the local situation before starting a fire.
A burn ban/closure is in effect for the Municipality of Anchorage, issued by the Anchorage fire chief. The only devices permitted today are fully enclosed electric, charcoal or propane barbecue grills and fish smokers. Charcoal grills are now permitted. Please extinguish charcoal briquets in a bucket of water. Burn permits are suspended until further notice.
The use of fireworks is prohibited in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Fireworks are not legal within the Municipality of Anchorage.
Weather Outlook: Tonight – Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Monday – Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday…mostly cloudy. scattered showers. lows in the lower 50s. highs in the upper 50s. south winds around 5 mph.
Closures: None noted.
Cooperating Agencies: Alaska Division of Forestry, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, City of Houston, Municipality of Anchorage.