100 % Containment/Confinement has been reached

Updated Fire Perimeter Map July 25 2016

Updated Fire Perimeter Map July 25 2016

Incident Commander  Tom Kurth announcing 100% containment at Press Conference July 25 2016

Incident Commander Tom Kurth announcing 100% containment at Press Conference July 25 2016



ANCHORAGE – The McHugh Fire has been confined by firefighting efforts and the use of natural barriers.  The fire remains at an estimated 778 acres. Nearly an inch of rain fell across the fire yesterday aiding firefighting efforts to contain and confine the fire. More rain is forecasted for today.

The fire began July 16 in Chugach State Park, just south of Anchorage.  Fire investigators are working in the area.

Firefighters will continue to reinforce containment lines by expanding the fire’s perimeter to a width of 300-feet where it is practical and safe to do so. This will be achieved through mop-up, gridding and cold trailing (stirring the soil, ash and smoldering duff with water, systematically traveling over an area on parallel courses and feeling with the hand for heat to detect any fire) to ensure the fire’s edge is extinguished with no smoldering embers in the duff layer or hotspots under downed trees.  Hazardous trees, those damaged by the fire or affected by the rain and soil erosion will be mitigated to ensure a safe mop-up operation.

Trails and parklands in the Chugach State Park remain closed to public use between the Potter Creek and Rainbow trailheads, including all of the McHugh Creek and Rainbow Creek drainages. Closures specifically include the Turnagain Arm Trail between Potter and Rainbow, the McHugh Creek Trail and the Rainbow Peak Trail as well as the McHugh Creek wayside, Beluga Point pull out and Rainbow trailhead. Fire managers are working with state park officials to reopen the trails in the future.

Motorists should continue to use caution when driving the Seward Highway through the fire area where the speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph between Mile Posts 108 – 115.  Pullouts in the fire area remain closed.  The heavy rains may loosen rocks and other debris from the cliffs above the highway.  Motorists should not stop along the highway within the fire area.  In addition, firefighters and support personnel and equipment will be working on 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.

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