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Starting over: Willow firefighter who lost home to Sockeye blaze gets his dogs back

June 18, 2015 - 7:06pm -- mdent
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Leo Lashock, a Willow Fire Department officer and recreational dog musher, was evacuating residents in the path of the explosive Sockeye fire Sunday when he realized his own house was gone. On Thursday, Lashock's neighbors brought his dog team home. 

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Leo Lashock, a Willow Fire Department officer and recreational dog musher, was evacuating residents in the path of the explosive Sockeye Fire Sunday when he realized his house was gone. On Thursday, Lashock's neighbors brought his dog team home. Zaz Hollander

Leo Lashock is a captain with the Willow Fire Department and a recreational dog musher. The house he lives in burned down Sunday while he was fighting the Sockeye wildfire as it rapidly spread in the Susitna Valley. But with the help of neighbors, his sled dogs survived 

 

Zaz Hollander
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough confirmed Thursday the first definitive count of homes lost in the Sockeye fire. Those who had structures burned in the fire can return to their property between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Friday.Laurel Andrews,Zaz Hollander,Tegan Hanlon
The Sockeye wildfire burning near Willow has displaced 800 people from their homes, and officials are urging them to stay away until the fire is better contained.Zaz Hollander
Scores of Willow residents in the path of the destructive Sockeye fire were ignoring an evacuation order despite extreme fire behavior predicted for late Tuesday. Zaz Hollander
Authorities are still investigating what started the destructive fire still burning around Willow. But neighbors say they heard fireworks where the Sockeye wildfire started.Zaz Hollander
As firefighters sweated in hot, windy weather Tuesday, the uncontrolled wildfire that’s burned through more than 7,500 acres around Willow is now the top firefighting priority in the country.Zaz Hollander,Tegan Hanlon
After the Sockeye fire near Willow ripped through thousands of acres in mere hours Sunday, the blaze sat mostly stagnant at 6,500 acres for most of Monday, though hot weather and unpredictable winds meant things were picking up as the day wore on.Ben Anderson,Nathaniel Herz,Zaz Hollander

Matanuska-Susitna Borough public information officer Stefan Hinman captured dramatic scenes as the Sockeye Fire advanced on Sunday, June 14, 2015, in the Willow area. 

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