Firefighters diverted from Montana Creek to Malaspina

A C:L-215 scooper drops water on Sunday evening (Photo Kurt Ranta/Baker River Hotshots)

With the Montana Creek Fire now burning around 400 acres and the Malaspina Fire estimated at 100 acres, a higher level of incident management team is taking over command of the fires.

The Malaspina fire started Sunday afternoon about a mile north of the Montana Creek Fire. Crews were pulled from the Montana Creek incident to attack the new fire.

“So we had a lot of resources, a lot of firefighters that were nearby that could help stop this fire in its tracks last night,” said Mike McMillan, spokesperson for the incident management team. “It’s still a big concern for us with structures in the area, and it’s about 10 percent contained right now.”

Monday a Type 2 Incident Management Team from Washington began transitioning into leadership for the fire.

By Monday afternoon, the evacuation order for residents nearest the Montana Creek Fire was reduced to Level 1. Residents in the Yoder neighborhood near were the Malaspina Fire were put at Level 2, meaning they should be ready to evacuate if conditions change. Two residences were placed under a Level 3 order, meaning they must leave their property due to imminent fire danger.

Here is an explanation of alert levels and what they mean.

An evacuation center has been set up at the Upper Susitna Valley Senior Center.

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