BENEFITING: American Red Cross
EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2015
12:30 a.m. , June 15 – The fast-moving Sockeye Fire, burning along the Parks Highway in the Willow area, is now estimated at 6,500 acres. The evacuation area has been expanded to cover the area from Milepost 63 to 77, and from three miles east of the Parks Highway and west to the Susitna River.
The Parks Highway remains closed from Milepost 66 through 77. The Alaska Division of Forestry, Department of Transportation, and Alaska State Troopers are working together to reopen the highway as quickly as possible.
The fire was reported shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday and grew quickly. Due to continued hot, dry weather, extreme fire behavior is expected to continue Monday.
There is no estimate at this time of structures lost. Emergency managers and firefighters are focused on the evacuation and saving homes and, as yet, there has not been a damage assessment. Firefighters on the ground have been focused on protecting structures, while multiple aircraft from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska Fire Service have been dropping water and retardant on the fire.