Evacuations ordered for both sides of Parks Highway from mileposts 82 to 91 after McKinley Fire jumps, closes road

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.

Smoke from the McKinley Fire billows in front of a line of traffic delayed along the Parks Highway.

Smoke from the McKinley Fire billows in front of a line of traffic delayed along the Parks Highway. This photo was taken earlier today at milepost 95 looking north. Photo by Ted Altman

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.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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