Tag Archives: Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Burn closure lifted, but burn suspensions remain in Kenai, Mat-Su

Gradual reduction of extreme danger from existing or new wildfires in some parts of Southcentral Alaska may be creating public confusion about what burning is allowed, and what is still prohibited, a state forestry official said today. “We appreciate the public’s understanding of our need to err on the side of caution when it comes […]

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McKinley Fire Morning Update: 08-30-19 Crews Vigilant for Ash Pits and Falling Trees

Update – Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. Norm McDonald, Incident Commander Acreage: 3,316  Containment: 78%   Personnel: 564   Start Date: 8/17/2019 Firefighters have been helping Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) restore power and remove fire-damaged trees near power lines. They have made major progress this week are very close to having power fully restored. Slow, tedious mop […]

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September 1 McKinley Fire Willow Community Meeting

September 1st McKinley Fire Willow Community Meeting

Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team will host a community meeting at Willow Elementary School on Sunday, September 1st, starting at 3:00PM. Following an update on the McKinley Fire, Incident Commander Norm McDonald will introduce Rocky Mountain Interagency Management Team as they prepare to take over management of the fire. Please join us for this important […]

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Hunters and campers take note: Mat-Su Borough burn closure includes large parts of Denali and Glenn highways

Hunters heading out to hunt along the Denali or Glenn highways need to be aware that a good portion of both highways are within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and there is an emergency, borough-wide burn closure currently in effect that prohibits all open burning, including campfires and the use of charcoal grills. The portion of the […]

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Extreme conditions extend Alaska wildfire season to September 30

With several wildfires burning in Southcentral Alaska and high fire danger persisting due to continued warm, dry conditions, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige announced today that Alaska’s statutory wildfire season will be extended from August 31 to September 30. “Unprecedented fire risk conditions for the Southcentral and Kenai Peninsula regions and the ongoing […]

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Division of Forestry issues emergency burn closure for Kenai Peninsula, Mat-Su Valley

Due to extreme wildfire danger and current wildfire activity in Southcentral Alaska, as well as limited resources available to respond to new starts, the Alaska Division of Forestry is instituting an emergency burn closure on state, private, borough and municipal lands within the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs effective at 8:00 a.m. today, August 21, […]

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A smoke plume from the McKinley Fire burning along the Parks Highway seen from the highway on Sunday. Photo by Maureen Clark/Alaska Division of Forestry

McKinley Fire burns at least 50 structures; Parks Highway remains closed

A dramatic increase in fire intensity on the McKinley Fire near Mile 88 of the Parks Highway on Sunday afternoon resulted in the loss of at least 50 structures as firefighters and other emergency responders worked furiously to evacuate and rescue residents threatened by the fire. A smoke plume from the McKinley Fire burning along […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/16 – 7/17: Increased temperatures will increase smoke conditions

Temperatures are forecasted to increase once again in the southern portion of the state including the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, and the Mat-Su valley. An increase in heat translates into lower relative humidity and more fire activity, which of course produces a greater amount of smoke. As a result, Cooper Landing is forecasted to see a […]

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State campfire closure lifted north of Alaska Range

With wildfire danger moderating in some parts of the state due to cooler, wetter weather, the Alaska Division of Forestry is lifting the campfire closure order that was put into effect last week on state, private and municipal lands in the following boroughs and geographic regions effective at noon on Sunday, July 14: Denali Borough […]

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A map showing the areas where call campfires will be prohibited effective July 9, 2019.

State parks and forestry issue closure on campfires in Interior, Southcentral

No campfires will be allowed on state, private or municipal lands in Southcentral and Interior Alaska starting today, according to state forestry and parks officials who said extreme wildfire danger demands they preempt potential new ignition sources. The joint orders from directors of the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and the Division of […]

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