Tuesday a.m. update: The Seward Highway was restricted to one-lane traffic at 5 a.m. Tuesday, after the McHugh Creek Fire expanded toward the road.
Activity on the fire picked up Monday evening, with spot fires jumping the retardant line and spreading within 1.7 miles of the Rainbow Valley Subdivision to the north. The Anchorage Fire Department and Alaska Division of Forestry are evaluating potential evacuations of the Rainbow Valley Subdivision to the north and the Potter Creek Subdivision 2.5 miles to the south.
As of Tuesday morning, the fire was estimated at 200 acres, and Forestry has 100 personnel on scene, as well as fixed wing and helicopter support.
Air tankers, helicopters and hotshot crews continue to try to contain a 60-acre wildfire burning near the McHugh Creek trailhead along Turnagain Arm near Anchorage.