The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is getting ready for mountains of wildfire garbage to soon descend on their relatively small transfer stations.

"Fires cause an enormous amount of debris." Says Borough Director of Public Works, Terry Dolan. "So that debris for most people has to be removed so that they have space to set up their new living quarters, rebuild their homes and their lives."

To help with that, the borough is expanding the hours of the Willow Transfer Station by two days, and waiving the fee for people dropping off fire debris. Dolan says a commercial property should still expect to pay the normal fee.

The Borough also has plans to get a new, much larger transfer station set up "very soon" about 10 miles closer to the worst-hit areas from the fires.

Dolan says the borough has learned from recent experience handling garbage after the Sockeye fire destroyed 55 homes in 2015. 

The Matanuska Borough website has more info for the McKinley / Deshka Fire Debris Management Plan on its website.

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