Possible evacuations after wildfire passes containment lines

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska The Shovel Creek Fire north of Murphy Dome jumped the 7 Mile Trail yesterday causing the borough to issue a “Level 1: Ready” evacuation notice yesterday evening.

The evacuation notice applies to the Martin subdivision, McCloud subdivision, Murphy subdivision, Perfect Perch, Lincoln Subdivision and the Chatanika River corridor.

The evacuation notice applies to the Martin subdivision, McCloud subdivision, Murphy subdivision, Perfect Perch, Lincoln Subdivision and the Chatanika River corridor.

FNSB Emergency Manager Baird Stiefel said the message they want to send to the Murphy dome area is to be ready.

“We put out some guidance, there is a fire in their area that has a potential to threaten them, so the more they do to get ready, will ease… their burden,” Stiefel said.

The FNSB Emergency Operations said that a Level 1 evacuation status is not an evacuation order, rather a notice for residents to be ready for a potential evacuation. They recommend preparing property to be able to leave quickly.

Even though the evacuation status only applies to the Murphy Dome area, Stiefel said that anyone who doesn’t live in the core area of downtown should prepare by having things ready to leave if they need and also clearing away trees and not storing dry wood near your house.

Another step in being ready for an evacuation notice is monitoring social media for any new information. Officials are encouraging residents to create a profile on www.Smart911.com. As well as singing up for text alerts by texting “fnsbwildlandfire2019” to 78015.

The shovel creek fire has been burning since last Friday evening and grew rapidly due to the high amount of black spruce in the area. Hot temperatures and winds have pushed the fire outside containment areas. There are around 150 firefighters battling the 650 acre blaze and multiple aircraft dumping water and fire retardant to try and contain the fire.

As of this afternoon fire officials closed the top of Murphy Dome to public access while they work to protect structures threatened by the fire.