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6 pm update: The brush fire is at about 15 acres. Commissioner of Department of Natural Resources Corrie Feige said that state crews are coming to help the Anchorage Fire Department. A hot shot crew from Glennallen is enroute. The winds are pushing it toward the southeast away from the denser part of the population.
Anchorage Fire Chief Jodie Hettrick said that JBER, Chugiak Fire Department, American Red Cross, Division of Forestry have been brought in to help. Three water drops have been made from aircraft so far. The fire is now 80 percent contained. (Correction: Police say they erred and it was 30 percent contained, not 80 percent contained at 6 pm). They are cancelling the evacuation order.
Road closures are still in effect.
Original story: A large and quickly moving brush fire in Anchorage has cause evacuations near the Campell Creek Science Center in Anchorage. The Manoog’s Isle Trailer Court near Dowling and Lake Otis has been evacuated. The 50th Street /Folker area is also now being evacuated due to brush fire.
The brush fire is located in an area that is known to be occupied by homeless camps, although the source is not yet known as fire fighters rush to the scene and evacuations are spreading. Those in the area of Tudor and Elmore need to be ready to evacuate.
Wendler Jr High opening as evacuation center for those who have been displaced due to fire.
Here’s the scene from the vantage point of the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage:
Meanwhile as the brush fire burns, members of the Anchorage Assembly and public sector labor unions led a protest at the Legislative Information Office this afternoon, calling for an override of Gov. Dunleavy’s vetoes:
In addition to Forrest Dunbar and Austin Quinn-Davidson, House Speaker Bryce Edgmon was there to participate in the protest. About 350 union and public employee workers attended.
The scene at about 5:30 pm above and below: