Since the start of the Sockeye fire in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on Sunday June 14th, 2015, an estimated 50 to 100 structures have been destroyed in the fire including 26 homes. The estimated size of the fire as of Friday June 19th is 7,066 acres. Roughly 800 residents were displaced. Numerous firefighting crews and emergency personnel are working along the perimeter of the fire as well as in subdivisions within the interior, using everything from heavy equipment, to hand tools, to aircraft and boats. Teh Willow and Houston Departments are the closest and most affected by the fire. Providing financial support that can replenish supplies, equipment and services to the emergency responders and support organizations will help stop the fire and rebuild this devastated region. The donations from this CrowdRise effort will be be dispersed in full (1/2 to each) to the Willow Fire Fighter Association and Houston Fire Department.
Organizers of this effort are volunteering their time and networking to generate support. Terrence Shanigan is a community volunteer and active in Operation Paws. He is an Alaska Native and state law enforcement officer. Tom Anderson is a talk show host of the Tom Anderson Show on KVNT "Valley News Talk" in Mat-Su on 1020 AM and 92.5 FM and also on KOAN "FOX News" on 1080 AM and 95.1 FM in Anchorage. www.TomAndersonShow.com