Shovel Creek Fire: Winds Push Fire East with Level 2 evacuation alert for Martin and Perfect Perch subdivisions

Shovel Creek Fire June 29 2019
Winds pushed the Shovel Creek Fire to the east across Blueberry Creek. Photo credit: Alaska Incident Management Team

With the #ShovelCreekFire near Murphy Dome established east of 7 Mile Trail, the Alaska Incident Management Team managing the fire has recommended to Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations to raise the evacuation alert for both Martin and Perfect Perch subdivisions from a Level 1 (READY) to a Level 2 (SET). The Martin and Perfect Perch subdivisions are located in a rural area dominated by black spruce with approximately 52 structures. A Level 2 evacuation alert means people should be SET to evacuate. This means assembling a kit of important items that you will take with you in the event of an evacuation. Firefighters are aggressively working to contain the Shovel Creek Fire while providing for their safety and the safety of the public. As a reminder, the Lincoln Creek subdivision remains in Level 2 Evacuation status. The areas of McCloud subdivision, Murphy subdivision, and the Chatanika River corridor remain in Level 1 (Ready) evacuation status.

A Level 2 Evacuation is not a notice to leave, but it means that you must be ready and prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. A Level 2 signifies that there is significant danger in your area. GET SET by loading your 6 P’s (see below) and a 7-day kit into your vehicle. You may have time to gather necessary items, however remember you must be prepared and ready to relocate. At Level 2, this may be the ONLY notice you have to finish getting ready to evacuate. A call center is available for additional information at (907) 459-1308.

Remember the 6-P’s; People, Pets, Pills, Photos, Personal computer (back-up info), and important Papers.

Local volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) receive a briefing as they prepare to answer questions for homeowners in the Martin Subdivision and Perfect Perch. Photo credit: Kale Casey/Alaska Incident Management Team

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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