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McKinley Fire

Unit Information

Mat-Su Area
101 Airport Road Palmer Alaska 99645
Palmer, AK 99645

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Firefighters on the McKinley Fire: Photo PIO Kale CaseyImage options: [ Full Size ]

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 17th, 2019 approx. 04:20 PM
Location18 miles north of Willow, AK
Incident CommanderMat-Su Area Forestry office
Coordinates62.031 latitude, -150.058 longitude

Current Situation

Size3,288 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

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.

Significant Events



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.


Planned Actions

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.