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Firefighters still mopping up Malaspina and Montana Creek fires near Talkeetna

Firefighters continue mopping up two wildfires that started within tour days and 2 miles of each other near Talkeetna three weeks ago. An infrared flight over the 367-Montana Creek Fire (#469) and 83-acre Malaspina Fire (#491) on Saturday revealed two hot spots on the Montana Creek Fire but no other areas of concern. Those two […]

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Montana Creek – Malaspina Fire Update July 14, 2019: Continued progress and transition

The Montana Creek and Malaspina Fires remain at 367 and 85 acres, respectively, and are 60% and 50% contained. Little smoke was detected from either fire on Saturday. Given the current situation, the operation is down-sizing and NW Team 12 will turn management of the incident over to the Alaska Division of Forestry and begin […]

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Montana Creek – Malaspina Fire Update July 13, 2019: Crew mopping-up remaining hot spots.

Fire crews are finishing mop-up and finding few remaining hot spots within containment lines. Today a helicopter equipped with an infrared sensor was used to monitor heat within the fires’ interior. A few areas still showing heat and smoldering were found, but they are unlikely to become more active given current conditions. The light showers […]

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Montana Creek – Malaspina Fires: Unmanned Aerial System Use and Images

An unmanned aerial system (UAS) was used on the Montana Creek – Malaspina Fires yesterday (July 11, 2019). The UAS which flew the fire is a Type 3/4, which means it is the smallest type of UAS (approximately the size of a backpack). The UAS was ordered by the fire and managed by the Fire […]

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Montana Creek – Malaspina Fire Update 7-12-19: Continued progress and increased containment.

Mop-up efforts continue on the Montana Creek and Malaspina Fires. Crews have cold-trailed 200 feet in from the containment line on Montana Creek and 100 feet in on the Malaspina Fire. Operations Chief trainee Aaron Rowe walked the entire perimeter of the Montana Creek Fire on Thursday and reported seeing little, if any open flames […]

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Montana Creek/Malaspina Fires: Link to KTNA Broadcast, New Contact Information

KTNA has posted a link to a 24 minute radio interview with Bob Shindelar, Incident Commander Trainee with Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 12 from today (July 10, 2019). There is new contact information to reach the Public Information Officers for the Montana Creek / Malaspina Fires Phone: (208)329-8331 (our apologies that we could not […]

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Continued progress on the Montana Creek and Malaspina Fires: no new fire growth

Yesterday’s operations: Continued to mop-up and gain depth around both fire perimeters. Identified and mitigated problem areas. Demobilized 1 strike team of engines and 1 taskforce of engines at end of shift. Today’s operations: Northwest Incident Management Team 12 completed its transition and assumed command of the Montana Creek and Malaspina fires at 7 p.m. […]

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Malaspina and Montana Creek fire update – July 9, 2019: Type 2 IMT takes command of fires

Firefighters on the Malaspina Fire made excellent progress on Monday, completing direct fireline construction with chainsaws and establishing hose lays around the fire’s perimeter. Interior portions of the fire remain active. The fire is 85 acres in size and 20% contained. The White Mountain Fire Crew, Matanuska-Susitna Borough fire engines and water tenders, and eight […]

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Two smokejumpers carry roles of hose and other supplies to construct containment lines on the Malaspina Fire on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Photo by Mike McMillan/Alaska Division of Forestry

Crews working to get containment line in on Malaspina and Montana Creek fires; Type 2 IMT ordered

The Malaspina Fire (#451) started on July 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Yoder Subdivision area and South Malaspina Loop near Talkeetna. Firefighters working the nearby Montana Creek Fire (#429) immediately responded to provide initial attack on the new fire and protect area residences. The Malaspina Fire is estimated to be about 100 acres in […]

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Smoke billows up from the Malaspina Fire in this picture taken from South Malaspina Loop on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Photo by Stephanie Bishop/Alaska Division of Forestry

New wildfire near Talkeetna prompts evacuations; estimated at 60-80 acres

A fire has destroyed one structure and forced the evacuation of a subdivision in the community of Sunshine near Talkeenta. The Malaspina Fire (#451) is located off South Malaspina Loop about one mile north of the Montana Creek Fire (#429) near Mile 98 Parks Highway. The fire was estimated at 60 to 80 acres as […]

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