Shovel Creek Fire: Residents Evacuate Martin and Perfect Perch Subdivisions as Hot & Dry Conditions Persist

Afternoon winds and soaring heat fanned flames to the north and northeast prompting Level 3 "G" Orders for Martin and Perfect Perch subdivisions.
Afternoon winds and soaring heat fanned flames to the north and northeast prompting Level 3 “Go” Orders for Martin and Perfect Perch subdivisions.

Fueled by persistent hot and dry conditions, the #ShovelCreekFire grew to the north and northeast yesterday afternoon and evening. Just before midnight, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations raised the evacuation alerts for the following subdivisions:

Martin and Perfect Perch subdivisions from a Level 2 (SET) to a Level 3 (GO). The Martin and Perfect Perch subdivisions are located in a rural area dominated by black spruce with approximately 52 structures.  A Level 3 evacuation alert means that people should GO, evacuate NOW.  Leave immediately. DO NOT delay leaving. 

McCloud and Murphy subdivisions move from a Level 1 (READY) to a Level 2 (SET).  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. 

June 30th Map of the Shovel Creek Fire. Fire crews are holding the south and southwest corner, while hot and dry winds push fire growth to the north and northeast.
June 30th Map of the Shovel Creek Fire. Fire crews are holding the south and southwest corner, while hot and dry winds push fire growth to the north and northeast.

A call center is available for additional information at 907-459-1308.

Assistance/Evacuation Centers for People: Randy Smith Middle School located at 1401 Bainbridge Blvd, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Evacuation Centers for Pets/Animals: Tanana Fairgrounds 1800 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709

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. 

As a reminder, the Lincoln Creek subdivision remains in Level 2 (SET) Evacuation status. The area of the Chatanika River corridor remains in Level 1 (READY) evacuation status.

For today’s smoke report, visit http://smoke.alaska.edu/PM25.html

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

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