Montana Creek evacuation order raised to “Level 2: Set” as fire shifts direction

Due to a shift in the direction of the Montana Creek (#429) Fire, Mat-Su Emergency Services is issuing a “Level 2: Set” alert for residents of the Montana Creek area, as part of its “Ready, Set, Go” evacuation program.   This is NOT an evacuation order but residents should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice should an evacuation become necessary.

The fire is now pushing toward the south and it is torching on the east.  Crews have stopped the fire at Montana Creek Road. They are reinforcing that containment line with retardant drops and have been able to hold the east and west flanks of the fire.

The fire began yesterday and was estimated at about 250 acres.  No structures have been lost, though some vehicles were burned. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The Upper Susitna Senior Center is serving as a gathering point for those who have voluntarily evacuated.

Ten cooperating agencies, including Mat-Su Borough local fire departments, have sent engines to provide structure protection. In addition, Alaska Air National Guard Blackhawk helicopters are providing water drops again today.

Crews will be building containment line today with the help of heavy equipment. For the safety of the public and the safety of firefighters, Alaska State Troopers ask that people avoid the area.


The Montana Creek Fire is burning 2 1/2 miles east of the Parks Highway, south of the Talkeetna Cutoff. Photo/Stephanie Bishop

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