McHugh Fire P.M. Update 7-20-16


ANCHORAGE – Fire managers on the McHugh Fire, burning just south of Anchorage, will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the South Anchorage High School auditorium to update residents on firefighting efforts.  South High is located at 13400 Elmore Road. For those that cannot attend the community meeting it will be live streamed on both and KTVA’s Facebook page.

While the weather remained warm, windy and dry crews have seen minimal fire growth today, with most of the growth toward the road.  With better mapping, the fire is now estimated at 842 acres. Blackhawk helicopters dropping bucketloads of water are assisting crews with holding the northern perimeter which is nearest the Potter Valley subdivison.

Crews are continuing to take steps to protect structures in the Rainbow Valley and Potter Valley subdivisions.  Rainbow Valley is about one mile east of the fire, while Potter Valley is about one mile west of the fire.  All structure protection in Rainbow will be completed this evening.

The McHugh Fire began late Saturday. The cause is not yet known.

Both the north-bound and south-bound lanes of the Seward Highway remain open.  However, turnouts along the highway between McHugh Creek and Rainbow are closed.  Motorists are urged to use caution driving through the area and should not slow down or stop to watch the fire.  Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are being used to douse the flames and monitor the fire.  A Temporary Flight Restriction remains in place over the area.

Information about the fire can be found at:


The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team assumed management of the fire this morning and is grateful for the assistance of many cooperating agencies and organizations, including the Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage Police, Alaska Division of Forestry, Alaska Fire Service, Alaska Department of Transportation, Chugach National Forest, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Fire Department, Alaska Air National Guard, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Department of Homeland Security, and the Anchorage School District.

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