Volunteers knocking on doors, warning Fairbanks residents of Shovel Creek Fire danger
Volunteers with the Fairbanks Community Emergency Response Team are visiting homes near the Shovel Creek Fire notifying residents of the dangers around their communities.
According to a Facebook post from Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations, CERT volunteers are "tirelessly going door-to-door notifying residents of the danger and as well as providing additional assistance where needed."
In a public service announcement from the Division of Forestry, public information officer Carly Reed said "Alaskans want to be part of the solution."
The best way to do that, she said, is to be informed, follow the posted evacuation alerts and be ready for any changes that may come.
"With the strategic firing operation on a section of Old Murphy Dome Road set to begin today if conditions remain favorable, homeowners and locals in the area want to be a part of the solution that will limit the impact this fire has and shorten it's duration as well," the latest update on AK Fire Info reads.
The Shovel Creek Fire is currently burning at 10,008 acres and is 12% contained. Over 700 personnel are working on putting a stop to the fire, which was sparked on June 21 because of lightning.
Earlier this week, Mayor Bryce Ward proclaimed a disaster emergency for the borough due to the Shovel Creek Fire. Through the proclamation, the borough requested Gov. Mike Dunleavy to declare a disaster emergency on the state level, which would provide state and individual assistance.
According to the Incident Information System, here are the current evacuation alerts for the fire:
• LEVEL 1 (READY) 741Structures – Chatanika River Corridor, Drouin (41), Hardluck (104), Moose Mountain (440), Coyote Jones (41),and Hattie Creek (26) neighborhoods
• LEVEL 2 (SET) 180 Structures – Lincoln Creek (64), Murphy (19), McCloud (40), and Vancouver (57) neighborhoods
• LEVEL 3 (GO) 52 Structures – Martin (42) and Perfect Perch (10) neighborhoods
An evacuation shelter has been established at Randy Smith School, located at 1401 Bainbridge Blvd, to accommodate evacuees. A temporary pet shelter is located at the Tanana Fairgrounds.
Fire officials will be hosting a community meeting at the Ken Kunkle Community Center, located at 2645 Goldstream Road, on Friday at 6 p.m. to give an update and answer questions about the fire. The meeting will be streamed live on the borough's emergency operations Facebook page.
More information about the fire can be found online or by calling the incident management team at 907-347-6801.
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