The McKinley Fire (#738) has jumped from the east to the west side the Parks Highway near Mile 88 and the Alaska Division of Forestry has ordered an evacuation for both sides of the highway from mileposts 82 to 91. All residents in that area should leave their homes immediately.
Additional evacuations are anticipated and residents in the area should monitor the fire’s progress via social media. The wind-driven fire is moving very rapidly and the situation is evolving.
Northbound traffic is being stopped at milepost 70 due to concerns for public safety. The Parks Highway between Mileposts 70-99 is closed indefinitely. People are advised to stay away from the area.
Firefighters with state forestry and local fire departments are working to protect structures in the area of the fire and alert residents to the urgency of the situation.
A shelter on the south side of the road closure has been moved to the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla at 1001 S. Clapp St. in Wasilla.