As crews work to protect the Rainbow subdivision, the McHugh fire has ballooned to 500 to 600 acres with more firefighting crews on the way, the Division of Forestry says.
Two air tankers, multiple helicopters and more
than 50 firefighters are battling the blaze, said Division of Forestry
spokeswoman Sarah Saarloos. Additional “hotshot” crews are expected and
Blackhawk helicopters will likely be staged out of Girdwood with a
firefighting command center in South Anchorage.
Crews are working to protect homes in the nearby
17-home Rainbow subdivision, Forestry and Anchorage Fire Department
officials are telling KTUU. The flames have advanced about a mile
northwest toward Anchorage with the main head of the fire still moving
south, according to interviews with Forestry spokeswoman spokesman Lori
Wiertsema and AFD Assistant Chief Alex Boyd.
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Now I'm really glad we moved. Our prayers go out to those living in the area, as well as the firefighters and emergency workers involved.