Hundreds of Residents, Animals Evacuated as Wildfire Threatens Two Alaskan Communities
Posted by feww on July 8, 2013
Wildfire sparked by Army artillery exercise burning close to two communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley
Evacuation Ordered for Two Rivers & Pleasant Valley From Mile Post 18 to 34 – Alaska Interagency Coordination Center
The Stuart Creek 2 fire, which started on June 19, flared up last week consuming nearly 65,000 acres NW of of Fairbanks.
The blaze was burning mostly on the Army’s Fort Wainwright land and was 5 percent contained as of Monday.
“By Sunday afternoon, 843 residents and 434 structures had been evacuated, along with scores of sled dogs and livestock, Weston said. The Tanana Valley Fairgrounds had taken in dog teams, a horse, chickens, turkeys and a ‘big pig’ as of Sunday night,” said a report.
“Some area residents had already evacuated just weeks ago, when two other wildfires burned in the Chena Hot Springs Road areas, said agency coordination center spokeswoman Weston.”
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center Situation Report [Sunday – 07/07/2013]
- Preparedness Level 4
- YTD Fires: 442
- YTD Acres: 1,002,055.4
- Some 95 active fires were burning in Alaska, as of posting.
STUART CREEK 2 FIRE INFORMATION EVACUATION NOTICE
Effective 1:00 pm July 7, the Stuart Creek 2 Incident Commander has issued an evacuation notice for residents of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley. This notice is for all residents and businesses along Chena Hot Springs Road between Mile posts 18 and 34. The evacuation route is west on Chena Hot
Springs Road. Once you leave, you may not be able to reenter the evacuation area until the fire danger has passed
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The Chariot Fire has consumed at least 2,500 acres east of San Diego and was 10% contained as of early Sunday. The Horse Heaven, El Prado, & Laguna Campgrounds on the Cleveland National Forest and the Al Bahr Shrine Campground have been evacuated. The Red Cross is setting up an evacuation center at Joan McQueen Middle School in Alpine, Inciweb reported.
Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events
At least 51 people were killed, as of posting, in clashes between Egypt army and pro-Morsi protesters at the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo.
The clashes has left at least 51 civilians dead and 435 others injured, said the ministry of health on Monday.
“In an official statement published by Al-Ahram Arabic news website, the army said an ‘armed terrorist group’ attempted to break into the Republican Guard headquarters in the early hours of Monday and ‘attacked security forces.’ said a report.
“The Muslim Brotherhood’s FJP, however, issued an official statement saying ‘peaceful protesters were performing the Fajjr (dawn) prayers’ when the army ‘fired tear gas and gunshots at them without any consideration for the sanctity of prayers or life.'”
“This is also a violation against people’s right to peaceful protest,” it added.