Firefighters responding to fire near Montana Creek

Update: 7:27 p.m. The Alaska Division of Forestry says the Montana Creek Fire is now estimated at 200 to 300 acres.

Update 6:55 p.m. Mat-Su Borough Emergency Management has issued a “Level 1: Ready” Evacuation alert for residents in the Montana Creek Area, due to the 70-acre Montana Creek Fire, east of Montana Creek Road. This is not an evacuation order, but an alert to be ready in the event an evacuation is necessary.

Update at 6:34 p.m. The Alaska Division of Forestry reports there have been no structures lost and no injuries at this time. Montana Creek Road is closed. No evacuation order has been issued; however, some residents are leaving the area voluntarily The Upper Susitna Senior Center on East Helena Drive, across from the Su Valley High School, is serving as a gathering point for those who have voluntarily evacuated.

Update at 5:52 p.m. Troopers have issued a Nixle Alert asking that motorists yield to emergency vehicles and avoid the area if possible.

Updated at 5:10 p.m. The Alaska Division of Forestry estimates the fire at 70 acres. A task force of engines and the Baker River Hotshots are en route to the fire.

An aerial photo of the Montana Creek Fire taken on initial attack. At 4:30 p.m. the fire was estimated at 30 acres and was burning east of Montana Creek Road near Mile 98 of the Parks Highway. Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry
An aerial photo of the Montana Creek Fire taken on initial attack Wednesday, July 3, 2019. At 5 p.m. the fire had grown to an estimated 70 acres and was burning east of Montana Creek Road near Mile 98 of the Parks Highway. Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry

Updated at 4:44 p.m. The fire was first reported at 2:53 p.m. Smokejumpers are responding.

Updated at 4:31 p.m. The Alaska Division of Forestry says the fire has grown to 30 acres It is burning approximately 2 1/2 miles east of the Parks Highway, south of the Talkeetna cutoff.

Posted 4:22 p.m.

Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska Fire Service resources are responding to a fire currently estimated at about 4 1/2 acres and growing east of Montana Creek Road. Multiple air tankers, water scooping aircraft, a helicopter and a helitack crew are responding to the fire which is off the road system. They are working to protect one structure affected by the fire.

Additional details will be provided as they become available.

Map of Montana Creek Fire on July 3, 2019.
Map of Montana Creek Fire on July 3, 2019.

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