Tag Archives: McHugh Fire

McHugh Fire Update for Tuesday, July 26

ANCHORAGE – Hotspots were detected on the 778-acre McHugh Fire on Monday during a helicopter flight equipped with an infrared camera. Firefighters will focus on these areas as the suppression efforts begin to slow down. The five hotshot crews from California were demobilized Monday evening and will return to their home bases to be available […]

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Seward Highway now open to two-way traffic; please use caution

As of 9 p.m., both lanes of the Seward Highway are now open to traffic after the Alaska Division of Forestry deemed conditions safe for two-way traffic. One lane of the highway had been closed since 5 a.m. Tuesday due to the 600-acre McHugh Fire burning along the highway between mileposts 108 and 113. The […]

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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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McHugh Fire along Seward Highway grows to 500-600 acres; traffic delayed on Seward Highway

July 19, 12:45 p.m. -The Alaska Division of Forestry is now estimating the McHugh Creek Fire burning south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway at 500-600 acres. The Seward Highway remains reduced to one-lane traffic with a pilot car from mileposts 108-113 and motorists should expect long delays – up to an hour – if […]

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McHugh Fire pushes up against Seward Highway; traffic down to one lane

Anchorage – July 19, 8:45 a.m. – Fire activity on the McHugh Fire burning south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway south of Anchorage picked up significantly late Monday night and made a push toward the Seward Highway early Tuesday morning. The fire bumped up against the highway between miles 108 and 113 at approximately […]

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State Forestry continues aerial and ground assault on McHugh Fire along Seward Highway

July 18, 4:30 p.m. – Firefighters continue to attack a wildfire burning near the Seward Highway south of Anchorage from the air and ground in an effort to keep it in check. The McHugh Fire is now estimated at 60 acres and was 2 percent contained as of Monday morning. There are approximately 80 personnel […]

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Aggressive air attack slows spread of wildfire along Seward Highway south of Anchorage

July 17, 6:15 p.m. – An aggressive aerial response by the Alaska Division of Forestry has slowed the spread of a wildfire burning near the McHugh Creek Trail along the Seward Highway just south of Anchorage and firefighters have begun attacking the fire on the ground. Two air tankers hammered the fire with multiple retardant […]

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