The McKinley Fire started near milepost 91 of the Parks Highway on Aug. 17, 2019. The Alaska Type 2 Interagency Incident Management Team assumed management of the fire the evening of Monday, Aug. 19. Command of the fire was transferred to the Northern Rockies Team 7 Incident Management Team from September 2 to 13, 2019. The fire was being managed by local Type 3 & 4 Incident Management Teams. With suppression and repair objectives met, command of the fire was transferred to Palmer Area Forestry on September 26, 2019.
52 primary residences, three commercial structures and 84 outbuildings were destroyed in the fire on the night of Aug. 18. The fire is 3,288 acres and 100% contained.
There has been no fire growth for some time with precipitation over the fire area and cooler temperatures. Current fire behavior is minimal smoldering inside the perimeter. Firefighters will continue repair efforts as well as patrol the fire area for hot spots.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday August 17th, 2019 approx. 04:20 PM|
|Location||18 miles north of Willow, AK|
|Incident Commander||Mat-Su Area Forestry office|
|Coordinates||62.031 latitude, -150.058 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
Fuels are still very dry in mid and lower duff layers. The Buildup Index has moderated due to recent precipitation and will continue to fall.
Surface fuel moisture has increased due to recent precipitation. Deep duff layers are still exceptionally dry due to long term drought. Isolated deep duff layers are continuing to burn. Large ash pits and unstable trees are present in the fire area.
The fire is currently unstaffed and is being monitored by the Mat-Su Area Forestry office.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Overnight temperatures and humidity recovery will not support fire spread however deep duff will continue to burn.