Fire officials have asked residents in five neighborhoods near Murphy Dome to prepare for possible evacuations in case the Shovel Creek fire moves closer. 

People living in the Martin Subdivision, McCloud Subdivision, Perfect Perch, Lincoln Subdivision, and the Chatanika River corridor are asked to begin preparations in case an evacuation is necessary. That includes preparations to move any family member with special needs, mobile property, and pets or livestock.

It is a level one warning, which means a fire is in the area and residents should be prepared in case conditions change.

As of Monday morning, the fire 3 miles north of Murphy Dome was estimated at 650 acres. About 146 personnel working to contain the fire, which was started by lightning on Friday.

The weather is expected to get warmer and drier for the next several days and firefighters will continue to take direct action on the eastern edge of the fire. Firefighters are also continuing to assess and prep structures that could be threatened along the Chatanika River if the fire continues to move in that direction, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Firefighters are also assessing possible structure protection measures for two subdivisions located east of the fire on Murphy Dome.

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