Malaspina Fire now just 85 acres after firefighters make 'excellent' progress
The Malaspina Fire is estimated to be around 85 acres and is now 20% contained, the latest update from the Division of Forestry says.
"Firefighters on the Malaspina Fire made excellent progress on Monday, completing direct fireline construction with chainsaws and establishing hose lays around the fire’s perimeter," the update states. "Interior portions of the fire remain active."
"The White Mountain Fire Crew, Matanuska-Susitna Borough fire engines and water tenders, and eight smokejumpers worked to secure control lines around area homes and douse hot spots," the update states.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a Level 2: “Get Set” Evacuation Order has been issued for the Malaspina Fire, affecting about 107 primary residences and outbuildings.
Stephanie Bishop, a public information officer with DOF, says no injuries have been reported at this time and suggests those just outside of the evacuation areas should be ready to go within five minutes of a notification to evacuate if the fire spreads.
The Upper Susitna Senior Center, located at 16463 E Helena Drive, has been prepared by the Red Cross and the community emergency response team as an evacuation center.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team from Washington will assume command of the fire on Wednesday, July 10. Over 150 personnel are already assigned to the fire.
The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated there were Alaska Air National Guard Blackhawks working on the fire. The aircraft are operated by the Army National Guard.
Shayne Nuesca contributed to this report.
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