Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage
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This week, we’re hearing from (A- dean) Adine Fullerton, a Willow resident who evacuated her home on Monday because of the Sockeye fire. Adine left with three kids, five dogs, two cats, a hamster. She had to leave three tarantulas behind. When we talked to her she had just discovered her home was spared, along with the spiders. Adine Fullerton evacuated from her home in Willow because of the Sockeye fire.
Twenty six homes were lost to the Sockeye wildfire, according to Matanuska Susitna Borough officials on Thursday. Some neighborhoods have been surveyed for damage, and some evacuees are going back home.
Sockeye fire slows, but slow burn continues underground. Homeowners asked to wait another day before returning.
A community meeting at Houston Middle School drew about 275 people of all ages on Wednesday.
As new firefighting crews arrive, an offensive strategy takes shape against the Sockeye wildfire near Willow.
Lack of wind helped the Sockeye Fire hold steady on Tuesday with little new acreage added, but the fire is still not contained.
There is a bit of heartening news from the Sockeye fire. Erratic weather, expected to bring strong winds to the area late Tuesday, did not actually materialize after a thunderstorm passed overhead, and fire crews have arrived from outside Alaska to begin an offensive against the blaze.
The Sockeye Fire near Willow is now the state’s number one fire-fighting priority. Governor Bill Walker personally viewed the burned area by air Monday, while forestry officials are bringing in help from the Lower 48 and British Columbia. Meanwhile, about 50 people in a Houston shelter are waiting to find out if they can go home again.
The Sockeye fire near Willow has jumped to more than 6,500 acres, consumed structures, closed the Parks Highway and is headed south. How the fire started has not been determined yet, but officials say it is human caused.
“We just know it was a human caused fire and it is under investigation,” said Tim Mowry, an information officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry.
The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance has handed over enough signatures to the state division of elections to get a voter initiative on the 2016 general election ballot.
The Sierra Club is claiming a victory for environmentalists opposed to Seward coal shipments.
The legislature’s lack of action on a budget is no small potatoes.
A Wasilla plan is helping homeless teens get off the street and into housing. Mat Su Youth Services, or My House, relies on initiative, trust and responsibility to spur teens to set goals for a solid future.
A Wasilla man is dead after an accident in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. According to Park officials, 62-year-old Clark J. Baldwin was killed instantly when he backed into a spinning plane propeller.
A dispute between two Sutton landowners highlights the challenges of zoning in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
An Idaho company is looking into the possibility of constructing an assisted living facility near Palmer.
Adverse childhood experiences are long lasting, and efforts are underway to understand the link between childhood trauma and disease.
The Mat Su Borough was the first governmental entity to put a new state law into practice. But now, the Borough is taking a second look.
Matanuska Susitna Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss presented the Borough Assembly with a veto document on Wednesday.
The city of Houston is facing such severe financial woes that all but three city employees have been furloughed.