ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team held a community meeting Friday evening, July 22, 2016, at South Anchorage High School to update residents on the status of firefighting efforts on the McHugh Fire. At the time of the meeting, the McHugh Fire located south of Anchorage, Alaska, had held for 48 hours at a size of 842 acres and 7% containment. A total of 332 firefighting resources were assigned to the fire. Zero evacuations were in place and zero structures were lost. The safety record to date included no serious injuries and two cases of heat exhaustion. As of July 22nd, the cause of the wildfire remained under investigation.
Speakers include: Tom Kurth, Incident Commander with the Incident Overview; Clinton Northway, Operations Section Chief trainee with current firefighting tactics; Christian Cassell, Incident Meteorologist with a short and long-term forecast; Brad Reed, Fire Behavior Analyst with current and expected fire activity; Ed Sanford, Incident Commander trainee with an overview and discussion on Management Action Points, and Kevin Spillers Office of Emergency Management Director from the Municipality of Anchorage.
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Watch a video of the meeting here: https://youtu.be/kAmU4MKWJ2g