Monday, June 15, 2015

Sockeye Fire near Willow Alaska

June 17 at 4:20 PM EDT
Both Inciweb and Alaska Wildland Fire Information (report of June 17th) are saying that 7,555 acres have burned to date. Updates from KTVA 11 (maps, photos, etc) and KTUU. As many as 50 residences may have been burned in the fire. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Alaska)  continues to have special page devoted to the Sockeye Fire (I don't know how long the Borough will maintain this webpage once the threat to their community is over). Evacuations continue, and there will be a community meeting tonight.

June 16, 2015 at 3:10 PM EDT
I have read reports that the Sockeye Fire was grown to between 7,500 and 7,600 acres. For example Sockeye Fire information available on the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center's Fire Information Mapping page (I clicked on "Sockeye Fire") reported earlier this morning that 7,512 acres have burned. You might also want to see the reporting of two media outlets in Anchorage, AK: KTTU reporting on Sockeye Fire and KTVA11's report on the Sockeye Fire. By the way, both of these media outlets have done a good job of reporting on the Sockeye Fire.

As I write this update, Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Alaska)  has a special page devoted to the Sockeye Fire, they reported earlier today (June 16th)  that the Alaska Division of Forestry estimates that the Sockeye fire has burned 7,585 acres.

There are some freely available pages on Facebook that some of you might be interested that have information on the Sockeye Fire:

June 15, 2015 2 PM EDT

The Sockeye Fire near Willow Alaska (35 to 40 miles north of Anchorage Alaska in or near the Mat - Su Area Forest) was first reported about 1 PM (local time) on June 14, 2015, quickly burning 6,500 acres. I understand that evacuations are in place According to information obtained from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center's Fire Information Mapping page (I clicked on "Sockeye Fire") 45 structures have been burned including about 20 primary residences. Shelters for those who have evacuated have been set up. Helicopters with buckets, Single-Engine Airtankers (SEATs), and larger airtankers are working the fire. The latest information on the Sockeye Fire from inciweb may be found here.

CBS2-KTTU in Anchorage, AK is covering this wildfire. As I write this, their latest report (with a video and photographs) was posted on June 15, 2015 at 8 AM local time and may be found here. I found a report on the fire from NBC News dated June 15th (with video, photos, and updates), they report that crews from the lower 48 (United States) are on their way to Alaska to help fight this wildfire. Bill Gabbert of Wildfire Today is reporting on the fire in a June 15th post.

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