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Dry conditions in Southcentral Alaska spark wildfires

A spate of wildfire activity in Southcentral Alaska on Thursday is proof that wildland fire season has arrived in Alaska, even though much of the northern half of the state remains covered in snow. The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office in Palmer responded to six small wildfires on Thursday – five in the […]

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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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State Forestry attacking 25-acre wildfire off Seward Highway south of Anchorage

July 17, Noon – The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to a 25-acre wildfire in the McHugh Creek drainage south of Anchorage, about three-quarters of a mile off the Seward Highway. The fire was reported to the Anchorage Fire Department at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night. AFD firefighters responded to the fire but due […]

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