Live – McKinley Fire Update from the Upper Susitna Senior Center Evacuation Center with Jim Banks from the Red Cross Assisting Evacuees

Live – McKinley Fire update from one of the evacuation centers for the hundreds of residents who have been impacted by this dynamic and fast changing wildfire. We are asking that if you have evacuated or have a family member who has evacuated please call the Individual Information Call Center at 907-861-8326. Let us know that you are safe. If you have questions about the McKinley or Deshka Fires, or are asking about the status of your structure, please call the Mat-Su Area Forestry Information Hotline at 907-761-6233.

Critical Updates You Need to Know: No re-entry will be allowed until further notice without exception. Active fire fighting continues between milepost 82 and 91. Motorists following pilot cars are not allowed to stop and check on properties. We ask for your cooperation to keep fire personnel and first responders safe during this extremely challenging time. 

The fire is estimated to be more than 3,000 acres with smokejumpers, hot shots, engine crews, and a wide variety of air support including air attack, helicopters with water buckets, and retardant ships working to protect structures. 

You are joining Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team Public Information Officer Kale Casey at the Upper Susitna Senior Center where approximately 45 residents sheltered last night. For statewide fire information visit http://www.akfireinfo.com. We appreciate your patience and support during this extremely challenging time and we thank you for supporting the firefighters on the ground. The best gift to them is defensible space around your home, thank you signs, and/or a donation to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation, an organization that provides immediate and unconditional financial support to any injured wildland firefighter.  #akwildfire #alaskawildfire #dnrwildfire #msbem 

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