The Wildfire Log | McKinley Fire | Alaska | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The MCKINLEY FIRE is located about 18 miles north of Willow,  Alaska.

The fire originally started on private land.

Umpqua Firefighters Buck Tree 2. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

FIRE BEHAVIOR

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, creeping and single-tree torching.

RESOURCES – EQUIPMENT and PERSONNEL

There are 564 total personnel along with 14 hand crews, 28 engines and 10 helicopters.

Umpqua Sawyer Bucks Log. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

HOW YOU CAN HELP FIRE VICTIMS

General Donations – > https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=mckinley%20fire&epa=SEARCH_BOX   *Online Registration begins 9/4/2019 at ready.alaska.gov  or you can call 1-800-478-2337.

Donating to Organizations -> Please confirm needs by contacting the organization of your choice before donating physical items (food, water, etc.).

Masticator. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

Masticator

Food Donations – > Mat Su COAD is facilitating all donations of food and any other items with various local locations. They can be reached at 907-745-5827 or 907-745-5824. Please any food items need to be within their expiration date and any clothing items need to be clean.

Financial Donations -> Making a financial contribution to a recognized organization is the best way to ensure the needs of the community and emergency personnel are met.

Here are some great choices to pick from:

  • The American Red Cross
  • Your local Fire Department
  • Your local Search & Rescue unit
  • The Wildland Firefighter Foundation
  • Local Animal Services organization or to the Humane Society

FOR FIRE VICTIMS, EVACUEES

Alaska Red Cross  -> The Red Cross will be distributing emergency relief supplies and providing recovery casework and planning services at the Upper Susitna Senior Center and Curtis D Menard Memorial Sports Center.

Relief supplies will also be available Sheep Creek Lodge. To reach a recovery caseworker call 907-764-2407

Engine Crewmember Sprays Hotspot. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

State Disaster Assistance -> Can be applied by individuals and families with damaged primary residences or essential personal property. Apply in person on 9/4-9/18/2019 9 am – 7pm. No location yet but to be near Talkeetna and Willow. Or go to ready.alaska.gov

Matanuska Electric Association -> Members needing to be reconnected can call 907-761-9300 or visit http://www.mea.coop

The Parks Highway -> remains open through the burned area with a speed limit of 45 mph. Be prepared to stop in this zone where crews and equipment continue working. Road updates available at 511.alaska.gov

Matanuska Susitna Borough -> Will accept debris caused by the McKinley and Deshka Landing Fires at no cost at specific locations. For more information the Solid Waste Division can be reached at 907-761-3700

083019 McKinley Fire Evacuation Map

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) -> Can assist with health and safety issues including air quality, drinking water, food safety and sanitation, wastewater, solid waste, and hazardous substances. Reach the ADEC Disaster Coordination Team at 907-269-4198

Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) -> Collects and distributes donations like clothes, shoes, winter gear, bedding, and food. They have locations in Big Lake, Wasilla, Talkeetna, and Willow. 907-745-5827

Team Rubicon -> Can provide assistance with debris removal and clean up. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. 360-975-7944

SUPPORTING FIRE PARTNERS

Ways to Show your Support for Firefighters and their Partners

Firefighter Support -> Write a thank you note to firefighters and/or firefighters’ families.  Drop them off at the incident command post so they can be posted or shared.  Put them in blank, stamped envelopes.

Firefighters using a drone.

After briefings or after shifts, firefighters can address letters to parents, kids, spouses, etc. Provide local postcards that are pre-stamped to fire camp. These will be distri-buted to firefighters so they can send postcards home to their families.

One of the many thank you signs on the McKinley fire.

Community Support -> Respect road and area closures and evacuation orders. Drive carefully in the fire area.  Post thank you banners / signs in the community and on social media. This is a great morale booster for firefighters after a long shift!

Thank you sign on the McKinley fire.

What The (Fire Camp) Cannot Accept:
We have federal standards for personal protective gear for our wildland firefighters.
Food items, including baked goods and sweets.  They are required to follow food safety regulations, and we have strict national guidelines for firefighter nutrition. Our fire crews on the line receive fresh food boxes every three days, if catered food is not available.

HOW TO BE A FIRESMART HERO

How to Report a Wildfire -> 1-800-237-3633 or call 9-1-1.

Ash Pits & Heavy Fuels. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

FIRE ACTIVITIES

Firefighters are working with the Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) to restore power and remove fire-damaged trees near power lines. Major progress has been accomplished this week and are very close to have it all completed.

Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) Works Along Parks Highway 2. Photo: Mike McMillan - DNR

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

138 structures have been lost.  Homes are still under direct threat.

There has been 3,316 acres burned but fire crews have reached a 78% containment status.

Livestock in the McKinley fire.

Cost-to-date expenses have reached $6.8 Million Dollars.

FIRE IMAGES

All fire images in this post are the credit of Mike McMillan, DNR.  We do not lay claim to any of his photos.  Please respect his Photo Credit when reposting his fire images. – Thank you!

OUR THANK YOU

..to the many firefighters on the front line battling the fire and working to contain it, as well as showing your tireless efforts.

..to the countless people behind the scenes who manage and support all things incident related and everyone else in between.

..to the impacted communities who have come together when disaster strikes, to see your amazing and strong community support for others and for those who fight these wildfires.

..to the government leaders standing up for its Citizens. 

..to those who send their good thoughts and prayers to help those whom have been touched (impacted) by the devastation left behind. We send our prayers to you all and will continue to keep you in our everyday thoughts.

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/30/2019 @ 2240 hours PDT

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