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KNBA News - Firefighters mop up McHugh fire, schedule an open house for July 27

Joaqlin Estus

The McHugh fire response is winding down. Five hotshot crews from the lower 48 were demobilized Monday evening. 

Three Alaska crews are mopping up remaining hot spots that were located using an infrared camera on a helicopter flight over the 778-acre fire area just south of Anchorage. Crews are putting a 300-foot containment line around the fire. They removed protective equipment from the Potter Valley and Rainbow Valley subdivisions on Monday.

A 35-mile per hour speed limit remains in effect between miles 110 to 112 of the Seward Highway. Pullouts outside that stretch of the road have been reopened. Falling rock and debris continue to cause road closures from time to time. For updates on Seward highway conditions, dial 511.

A temporary flight restriction on aircraft, including drones, remains in effect.

The Rabbit Creek Trail has been opened. Trailheads in the McHugh Creek and Rainbow Creek drainages remain closed as fire managers work with Chugach State Park officials to reopen them n the future.

Fire responders will host an Open House at Goldenview Middle School Wednesday, July 27, at 6 p.m. where you can meet responders and get the latest information about the fire.

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