Update 6:35 p.m. – The Malaspina Fire burning near Talkeetna is now estimated at 60 acres. Firefighters say one structure was lost. South Malaspina Loop Road, Montana Creek Road, Makuskin Road, and Yoder Road have all been evacuated.
Crews are getting help from water scooping aircraft, air tankers dropping retardant, and Blackhawk helicopters dropping water on the fire, which began at about 3:30 p.m. In addition, the Baker River Hotshots and the White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack crew were sent from the nearby Montana Creek Fire to respond to the Malaspina Fire. Smokejumpers are en route from Talkeetna. The Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Task Force is on scene. Mat-Su Borough engines and water tenders are being staged for structure protection.
Update 5:19 – Makuskin and Yoder Roads in Sunshine are being evacuated due to the Malaspina Fire.
The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to a new wildfire about a mile north of the Montana Creek Fire on South Malaspina Loop in Sunshine, near Talkeetna.
Evacuations are now in progress for residents on South Malaspina Loop and Montana Creek Road.
The new fire, called the Malaspina Fire (#451), was reported at about 3:30 p.m. and has grown to an estimated 10 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.
The fire is burning in black spruce and is sending up a large column of smoke. The fire is moving toward Montana Creek Road.
Air tankers, smoke jumpers, helicopters, and local engines are responding. Firefighters are putting together a plan to protect structures in the path of the fire.