Tag Archives: Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer is 100 percent contained

Friday, Oct. 21 – 4 p.m. – The Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway is now 100 percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters toured the fire perimeter on Friday morning and declared the 303-acre fire fully contained, according to Incident Commander Phil Blydenburgh. […]

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State Forestry continues battling fire along traffic-snarled Seward Highway

July 19, 7:30 p.m. – The Alaska Division of Forestry continues to battle a wildfire burning just south of Anchorage that is visible from the Seward Highway and snarling traffic on one of Alaska’s most scenic byways. The McHugh Fire is estimated at 500-600 acres and is burning along a ridge top and in drainages […]

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State Forestry battling 15-acre fire north of Wasilla from ground and air

The Sunrise Fire in the community of Meadow Lakes just north of Wasilla is now estimated at 12-15 acres and the Alaska Division of Forestry is bringing in more air and ground support to help get the human-caused blaze under control. More than 30 wildland firefighters from State Forestry are responding to the fire, which […]

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Crews mopping up Horseshoe Lake Fire near Big Lake; Sheep Creek Fire is controlled

Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters continued mop-up work on the 52-acre Horseshoe Lake Fire near Big Lake on Tuesday. Crews mopped up about 200 feet in all the way around the fire perimeter and a helicopter with a water bucket worked the fire for about half a shift. Crews also gridded a 2-acre spot fire […]

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Swampy terrain, calmer winds slow wildfire near Big Lake

As of 5 p.m., the Horseshoe Lake Fire, a 25-acre fire at the end of Miller’s Reach Road near Big Lake in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, has run into swampy terrain and slowed some. Mat-Su Area Fire Management Officer Norm McDonald with the Alaska Division of Forestry, reports that a fireline built by dozers could surround […]

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Current burning closures and restrictions in Alaska

7:45 p.m. – Here is a complete list of the burning closures and restrictions currently in effect in Alaska on state, private, municipal and federal lands, as of 4 p.m. June 19. Federal lands Possessing or discharging any kind of fireworks or pyrotechnic devise are always prohibited on federal land  All Alaska BLM lands […]

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State prohibits open fires in Southcentral Alaska until further notice

Due to the extremely dry conditions and high fire danger that has resulted in several wildland fires around the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry announced today that all open fires and activities that “unduly increase the fire danger” will be prohibited on state lands, including state park units, and private and municipal lands within […]

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Sockeye Fire Sees Little Growth; Community Meeting Tonight

Houston, Alaska – Fire personnel are encouraged with little growth in the perimeter of the Sockeye Fire burning north of Willow. The fire is now at 7,555 acres, an increase of 43 acres. Red Flag Warnings for low humidity, with the possibility of dry thunderstorms, remain in effect through this evening for the fire area. […]

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Managers executing plan to fight Sockeye Fire; evacuation advisories still in place

Here’s the Alaska Division of Forestry’s latest update on the Sockeye Fire near Willow. The fire is still estimated at 6,500 acres and fire managers flew the fire this morning to get a gauge on fire activity and how far the fire has spread since last night. Heavy smoke over the southern perimeter of the […]

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