Montana Creek Fire now 365 acres, 30% contained
The Montana Creek Fire is now 365 acres and 30% contained, according to a Tuesday afternoon update from the Division of Forestry.
"Interior sections of heat remain active, and the 20-person Ranier Fire Crew worked through the day to improve control lines around area structures and douse hot spots," the update reads.
Montana Creek firefighters have also responded to the nearby Malaspina Fire, which is now just 85 acres after firefighters make 'excellent' progress Monday evening. DOF says there are over 150 personnel assigned to both fires.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a Level 1: “Get Ready” Evacuation Notification remains in place for the fire, affecting about 170 primary residences and outbuildings. The Upper Susitna Senior Center at 16463 East Helena Drive in Talkeetna has been designated as an evacuation center.
DOF says an incident management team from Washington has been requested and will take charge of Montana Creek and Malaspina fires on Wednesday, July 10.
"The increase in size of the fire management team enables fire managers to allocate more resources to both fires as needed, as well as staffing more firefighters ready to respond to new fire starts in the area," the update reads.
Montana Creek began burning on July 3 and the cause is under investigation. Fire restrictions are in effect for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. According to DOF, fire danger remains high as hot and dry conditions continue.
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Elizabeth Roman contributed to this report.