Animals and the fires

Despite cooler temperatures in the Interior as of last evening, the Stuart Creek Fire is still burning out of control.

More than 90 percent of the fire is located on Eielson Air Force Base and it has now reached a whopping 50 thousand acres.

Yesterday the Borough made the announcement that residents along the Chena Hot Springs Road were being advised to prepare for evacuation if the fire conditions worsened.

Today the borough in cooperation with the Tanana Valley Fair opened an animal emergency shelter for residents to keep their Livestock, horses and pets until the situation improved.




The shelter provides food and water along with housing.Lisa Stoffel a Borough Animal Control officer says the shelter is quite expansive."The fairgrounds has graciously allowed us to use the Largen Barn out here.We've got capacity for indoor dogs and cats.

Also we're using the parking lot out by the horse arena for sled dogs

And they've also allowed us to use horse stalls, and as well as sheep and goats and cattle.




So we can pretty much handle anything in that arena of dogs, cats, and livestock."

The shelter is located off of College Road at the Red Gate on the fairgrounds.

If you have any questions call 356-5511.