Mayor Bryce Ward has proclaimed a disaster emergency for the Fairbanks North Star Borough due to the Shovel Creek Fire.

Through the proclamation, the borough is requesting Gov. Mike Dunleavy to declare a disaster emergency on the state level, which would provide state and individual assistance.


The borough says heavy smoke has caused health concerns throughout the area. According to the proclamation, the borough has appropriated and used up emergency funding for the needs of the community. 

"The severity and magnitude of the emergency is anticipated to be beyond the timely and effective response capabilities of local resources," the proclamation states.

High temperatures and winds have pushed the fire toward populated areas, such as the Murphy Dome area, the borough says. 

The Shovel Creek Fire has prompted evacuation notices for several subdivisions in the area:

  • Martin
  • Perfect Perch
  • Lincoln Creek
  • McCloud
  • Murphy
  • Chatanika River corridor

The Borough Animal Control division is also helping to transport animals and domestic livestock to evacuation centers.

FNSB anticipates they will need additional personnel for emergency planning, issuing alerts and notifications and information management. They are also asking for assistance to provide shelter during fire evacuations.

So far, the Shovel Creek Fire has burned 10,008 acres and is 8% contained. The fire is 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

More information about the fire can be found online or by calling the incident management team at 907-347-6801. 

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