McHUGH FIRE UPDATE 7-27-16
ANCHORAGE – All are welcome tonight for a McHugh Fire Open House, being held from 6-8pm at Goldenview Middle School, located at 15800 Golden View Drive, Anchorage. Hear the latest fire updates, learn how to improve your property’s wildfire resistance, and meet the fire personnel. For more information, call 907-742-8286.
Hotspots continue to be detected on the 778-acre McHugh Fire during daily helicopter flights equipped with an infrared camera. Firefighters will focus on stabilizing these areas, with the assistance of helicopter bucket-work. Smoke may occasionally be visible from the highway, from hot pockets of isolated fuels within the black.
Following removal of structure protection equipment from the Potter Valley and Rainbow Valley subdivisions on Monday, Firefighters chipped residual brushy debris. Three Alaskan firefighting crews remain on the fire where they will extinguish the detected hotspots and 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.
On Friday, July 29 at 8 a.m., Alaska Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team will transition to a Type 4 organization lead by Incident Commander Rob Larson. Three crews and two helicopters are currently assigned to the incident, with a total of 162 personnel. Incident staffing is expected to decrease today, as containment objectives are met, and crews and overhead are re-assigned to other incidents.
State park officials have opened the Rabbit Creek Trail to Rabbit Lake in the Chugach State Park. The trails and adjacent parklands between the Potter Creek and Rainbow trailheads, including all of the McHugh Creek and Rainbow Creek drainages, remain closed to public use. 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, once it is safe to do so.
Motorists should continue to use caution when driving the Seward Highway through the fire area. The 35mph speed limit continues through the affected fire area but has been shortened to mile 110 to 112 (McHugh Creek to Beluga Point), pull offs outside that area are now open. Falling rocks and debris are causing intermittent road closures of the Seward Highway due to rain over the burn-affected area. For updated highway information call 511 the State of Alaska Department of Transportation Traveler Information line.
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:
¤ 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