Live McKinley Fire Morning Update “Breaking it Down” From Camp Ladasa – Special Guest Ken Paul

Live – #McKinleyFire morning update with 91% containment and all Level 2 “Set” reduced to Level 1 “Ready”. This is the “Break it Down” session featuring special guest Ken Paul.

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Cooler temperatures and light rain aided firefighters in mop up efforts. There are still many hot areas, mainly in the fire’s interior. The precipitation tends to cap existing heat in the lower duff layers making ash pits harder to detect.

083119 Evacuation Level Change 2:00 PM
083119 Evacuation Level Change 2:00 PM

Crews continue to work securing fire perimeter. Hazard trees and ash pits are still a concern along roadways and around homes.

The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Type 2 Team is transitioning with the Northern Rockies Interagency Incident Management Team 7 with transfer of command Monday, September 2 at 7:00 AM. Firefighters and some key personnel will remain and continue working under the new team.

There will be a community meeting at 3:00 PM today, Sunday Sept. 1 at Willow Elementary School to introduce the incoming team, update the public and answer any questions on the fire containment progress.
Saturday at 2:00 pm evacuation levels were reduced. The “Level 2 – Set” evacuation for those residences in the area of the Parks Highway from milepost 81.5 to 92 was reduced to a “Level 1 – Ready.” The current “Level 1 – Ready” evacuation for those residents in the area of the Parks Highway from milepost 79 to 81.5 was removed. There are ongoing hazardous situations and dangers that can be difficult to identify after the initial fire front. Use caution and good judgment; ultimately you are responsible for your own safety and well-being.

The weather Sunday will be mainly cloudy with only sprinkles in the forecast. High temperatures should be in the mid 60s. More rain is forecasted for Monday through Tuesday with a high probability of wetting rain.

An emergency burn closure remains in effect. All burning, including campfires and charcoal grills, is prohibited in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough including campfires in fire pits or rings in designated campgrounds. This burn closure exists in the Kenai Peninsula as well.
Closures: A portion of Willow Swamp (Game Management Unit 14A) is closed due to the Deshka Landing Fire. For more info, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website at A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) exists over the McKinley Fire.
Disaster Assistance Information

Matanuska Electric Association. Members needing to be reconnected can call 907-761-9300 or visit

State of Alaska Homeland Security Disaster Assistance. For individuals and families with damaged primary residence or essential personal property lost in 2019 Mat-Su fires. Register online at or call 907-428-7000

Alaska Red Cross will be distributing emergency relief supplies and providing recovery casework and planning services at the Upper Susitna Senior Center. Relief supplies will also be available Sheep Creek Lodge. To reach a recovery caseworker call 907-764-2407

The Parks Highway remains open through the burned area with a speed limit of 45 mph. Be prepared to stop in this zone where crews and equipment continue working. Road updates available at

Matanuska Susitna Borough will accept debris caused by the McKinley and Deshka Landing Fires at no cost at specific locations. For more information the Solid Waste Division can be reached at 907-861-7600

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) can assist with health and safety issues including air quality, drinking water, food safety and sanitation, wastewater, solid waste, and hazardous substances. Reach the ADEC Disaster Coordination Team at 907-269-4198

Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) distributes donations like clothes, shoes, winter gear, bedding,
and food. They have locations in Big Lake, Wasilla, Talkeetna, and Willow. 907-745-5827

Team Rubicon can provide assistance with debris removal and clean up. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. 360-975-7944


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