Tag Archives: McKinley Fire
McKinley Fire Heavy Equipment Operators Explain the Process

McKinley Fire Suppression Repair: 3 Minute Video of Heavy Equipment Operators Vern and Neil

All of the equipment operators, including Vern and Neil who are featured in this short video, are critical to the success of both the suppression and repair of the McKinley Fire. Watch as Vern and Neil explain the process of reducing debris along the Mat-Stu Borough and DOT right of ways within the McKinley Fire […]

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Removal of trees along the Parks Highway corridor. Photo credit: Mike McMillian

McKinley Fire Update: 09-11-19

Efforts will switch from suppression to repair as the majority of the fire area is placed into patrol and monitor status.  Crews, along with heavy equipment made good progress repairing fireline in the southern part of the fire. Firefighters will continue to mitigate hazards such as weakened trees and pockets of burning duff 100 feet […]

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McKinley Fire cleanup, photo credit: Mike McMillian

McKinley Fire Update: 09-10-19

Please respect private property boundaries when gathering firewood along the Parks Highway.  Burn permit suspensions have been lifted for the Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula Boroughs.  Burn barrels and open burning are allowed with a permit. Details can be found at http://www.akfireinfo.com. Suppression efforts are nearly complete as firefighters continue steady progress removing hazard trees and […]

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Firefighters mop up in deep ash on the McKinley Fire - Photo credit : Bruce Giersdorf

McKinley Fire Update: 09-09-19

Burn permit suspensions have been lifted for the Mat-Su Borough.  Burn barrels and open burning are allowed with a permit.    Details can be found at http://www.akfireinfo.com. Please respect private property boundaries when gathering firewood along the Parks Highway. Firefighters made good progress removing immediate hazards around the final 20% of properties where hazards have not […]

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Live - #McKinleyFire Willow Farmer’s Market, September 6, 2019

Live – McKinley Fire Willow Farmer’s Market, September 6, 2019

Live – #McKinleyFire – Kale and Mariah visit Willow Farmer’s Market, September 6, 2019 REMINDER: Burn permit suspensions remain in effect!  No burn barrels or open burning are allowed. Details can be found at http://dnr.alaska.gov. Yesterday firefighters worked to extinguish recently discovered hotspots, including several that were located under downed trees. Firefighting efforts continue to focus in areas […]

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McKinley Fire Live AM Update From Camp Ladasa September 3, 2019

McKinley Fire Live AM Update From Camp Ladasa September 3, 2019

Live – #McKinleyFire morning update with PIOs Gina Treesh and Jacob Welsh from Camp Ladasa. Containment is 95% and size is 3,288 acres. Fire information: 907-313-9826 Cloud cover, rain and cooler temperatures on Labor Day helped firefighters make steady progress mopping-up around structures and further securing the perimeter. The fire vicinity saw approximately a half-inch […]

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Team Rubicon on Site at McKinley Fire to Aid in Clean Up

The veteran operated, all-volunteer Team Rubicon is on scene at the McKinley Fire to assist residents with clean up from the wildfire. This hardy crew can provide assistance with debris removal and clean up around fire damaged homes. The volunteers who have deployed here to Alaska have all left behind regular jobs, using their vacation time […]

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Live McKinley Fire Update Saturday August 31, 2019

Live – #McKinleyFire 9:30pm update with containment increasing to 91% with 550 firefighters working to contain the 3,288 acre fire. This is the “Break it Down” evening session where we answer your questions posted throughout the day. Special guest Stephanie Bishop will address the capabilities of Team Rubicon. Meet the incoming Type 2 IMT from Montana tomorrow […]

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Pioneer Peak Hotshot crew members head to the McKinley Fire line in the early morning hours

McKinley Fire Morning Update: 08-31-19

Incident Commander Norm McDonald Fire Information: 907-313-9826  Email: 2019.mckinley@firenet.gov    Web: http://www.akfireinfo.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry/ Acreage: 3,288   Containment: 88%   Personnel: 552  Start Date: 8/17/2019 Rain fell last night, the only measurable rain in the month of August. Unfortunately this rain only cools the ground surface. With such dry conditions, heat exists very deep in the ground which is unaffected by […]

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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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