Sockeye Fire Destroys 20 Structures

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center lists up to 45 structures destroyed in the Sockeye fire as of early Monday, with more federal assistance being called to fight the 6,500-acre fire, reports ktuu.com.

“There were 25 primary structures lost as well as 10-20 secondary structures lost north of Kashwitna Lake,” fire officials wrote in an update posted on an AICC map. “Five hotshot crews have been ordered from the Lower 48 and a Type 2 Team has also been ordered.”

According to the National Park Service’s website, a Type 2 incident management team is a group of federal and state officials called in for major fires and other public-safety emergencies. It is second in complexity only to a Type 1 team, formed to handle national-scale events such as hurricanes.

At 6,500 acres and growing, the Sockeye Fire in Southcentral Alaska has fire officials urging evacuation of hundreds of homes and will delay traffic on the Parks Highway for days to come.

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