McHugh Fire PM Update 7-22-2016

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team is holding a community meeting at 7 p.m. this evening at South Anchorage High School to update residents on the status of firefighting efforts on the McHugh Fire.  Fire managers and agency officials will be on hand to answer questions.  For those unable to make the meeting, it will be live-streamed by KTUU and KTVA.

Fire crews have been hard at work today as a steady rain helped efforts to contain the fire.  There has been no growth in the 842-acre fire, which is seven percent contained.  Late this afternoon firefighters shifted their efforts to clearing brush and making structures Firewise in the Potter and Rainbow valleys as rain created dangerous conditions on the rocky slopes of the fireline.

With an increase in traffic expected as the weekend begins, motorists are urged to use caution when driving on the Seward Highway through the fire area.  The speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph through the fire area and all pull outs remain closed.  Because the fire and rain have loosened rocks and other debris from the cliffs above the highway motorists should not stop or stand along the highway within the fire area. In addition, firefighters and support personnel and equipment may be on or near the roadway.

A Temporary Flight Restriction remains in effect over the fire area.  In addition, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or “drones” is prohibited within the restricted airspace in order to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft.

Information about the fire can be found at:

  • akfireinfo.com
  • http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
  • Facebook: Alaska DNR – Division of Forestry (DOF)
  • Recorded Incident Information: 907-343-4701
  • Anchorage Air Quality Advisory: 907-343-4899
  • Incident Command Post Information Office: 907-742-8286

The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team will continue to provide daily fire updates and will provide additional updates as needed, depending upon fire activity.

At a news conference today, Incident Commander Tom Kurth spoke about emergency preparedness and also about the efforts of the firefighters.  Watch it here:  https://youtu.be/cGhrLuwV9yE

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