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An ominous plume of smoke rises over trees in the distance
Smoke rises from the Currant Creek Fire in Lake Clark NP, 2013 (Photo credit: Courtesy of C&G Coray)

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Recent Alaska Wildland Fire Updates

Information on fires in national parks:

Parks with current fire restrictions: None

Parks that have lifted fire restrictions:

Alagnak Wild River
Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
Denali National Park and Preserve
Katmai National Park and Preserve
Kenai Fjords National Park
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

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Recent News Releases

July 25, 2015
Lightning Ignites Wildfire at Kobuk Valley National Park
Kotzebue, Alaska - The lightning-ignited Salmon River Fire was reported by a member of the public around 5 pm on July 23, 2015. As of July 24th the fire is estimated to be approximately 43 acres..

July 24, 2015
Lightning-Ignited Wildfires at Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Lightning has ignited two wildfires at Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

July 18, 2015
Eli River Wildfire Controlled at Noatak National Preserve
Firefighters have contained and controlled the Eli River Fire at Noatak National Preserve. The current size of the fire is 276 acres, based on GPS data collected today.

July 17, 2015
Lightning Sparks Eli River Wildfire in Noatak National Preserve
At approximately 1 am on July 17, 2015 a private citizen from the village of Noatak reported a wildfire in Noatak National Preserve. The lightning-ignited Eli River Fire is located about 15 miles southeast of the village of Noatak.

July 15, 2015
Lightning Ignites Lockwood Fire at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
An Alaska Fire Service detection flight discovered the lightning-ignited Lockwood Fire on Wednesday afternoon, July 15, 2015. The fire is burning in a limited protection area and has been placed in monitor status.

July 14, 2015
New Fire Burning in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
The lightning-ignited Weshrinarin Creek Fire was reported by an aircraft flying over the area on Monday, July 13. Fire managers conducted an aerial reconnaissance flight later that day and reported the perimeter of the 30 acre fire as 30% active. There are no threats to structures at this time.

July 9, 2015
Fire Ban Lifted at Gates of the Arctic
Effective immediately, open fires may be built as allowed by park regulations on all Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve lands.

July 9, 2015
Burn Ban Lifted at Lake Clark National Park
Recent weather conditions have moderated fire danger enough that Lake Clark National Park has lifted burn restrictions, following the Alaska Division of Forestry cancelling the burn closure for the area.

July 9, 2015
Open Fire Ban Lifted at Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve
Effective immediately, open fires are allowed by park regulations on all Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve lands.

July 7, 2015
Fire Ban Lifted at Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alagnak Wild River, and Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
Recent precipitation has moderated fire danger enough that Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alagnak Wild River, and Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve have lifted burn restrictions.

July 4, 2015
Kenai Fjords National Park Lifts Burn Restrictions
Recent precipitation has moderated fire danger enough that Kenai Fjords National Park has lifted burn restrictions.

July 01, 2015
Campfire Closure Lifted at Denali National Park and Preserve
Recent rain showers and cooler weather have reduced fire activity and Denali National Park and Preserve officials have lifted the campfire closure in the park and preserve.

July 02, 2015
July 2 Chisana River 2 Fire Update
Minimal fire activity occurred during the last week of June. The Chisana River 2 Fire is now 37,705 acres in size. This will be the final update unless significant activity takes place on this incident.

July 01, 2015
Fire Restriction Remain in Effect at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Fire restrictions are still in place at the park.

July 01, 2015
Fire Restrictions Lifted in Yukon-Charley Rivers
Effective immediately, open fires may be built as allowed by park regulations on all Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve lands. Rain and generally wet weather over the past several days, in combination with forecasted conditions, is allowing the fire ban to be lifted. But conditions can change rapidly, so wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed on current conditions and potential fire danger.

July 01, 2015
Fire Ban Remains in Place at Gates of the Arctic
Although some areas of the state are experiencing enough rain to decrease fire danger, that is not the case for lands within Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. These areas are still dry, and with a forecast for a warming and drying trend, the prohibition on the use of all open fires and activities that unduly increase fire danger will continue.

June 26, 2015
Chisana River 2 Fire Update
Cooler weather on Tuesday moderated fire behavior in the upper Tanana River area. The area burned by the Chisana River 2 Fire now totals 39,230 acres.

June 26, 2015
Lightning Ignites Eleven Wildfires in Denali National Park and Preserve
Several thunderstorms moving through the area this past week have ignited 11 wildfires in Denali National and Preserve. Four fires were discovered on June 25. Additional information is available on Inciweb.

June 24, 2015
Chisana River Fire 2 Update
Cooler weather on Tuesday moderated fire behavior in the upper Tanana River area. The area burned by the Chisana River 2 Fire increased slightly since the last update to 35,000 acres.

June 23, 2015
Lightning Sparks Several Wildfires at Denali National Park and Preserve
Following a lightning storm that threw over 31,000 lightning strikes from June 19 – June 21, five wildfires are now burning in remote locations in Denali National Park and Preserve. None of the wildfires are threatening park structures or sensitive resources. Due to the remote locations, fire managers have opted to monitor these fires.

June 22, 2015
Trout Fire in Yukon-Charley Rivers Showing Signs of Life
The Trout Fire, which had no visible smokes for a couple of weeks, has come back to life and is now creating some smoke due to the hot, dry and windy conditions in Interior Alaska. The fire is in monitor status, and its acreage is unchanged at 376 acres. At this time it does not pose a threat to the community of Eagle, nor to any structures within the Preserve.

June 22, 2015
Dry Lightning Sparks Two Wildfires in Lake Clark National Preserve
Between June 19 and June 21, lightning strikes sparked two small wildfires in the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

June 22, 2015
Chisana River 2 Fire Continues to Spread
The Chisana River 2 Fire has grown to 33,805 acres and is now the largest wildland fire burning in Alaska at this time. This lightning-caused fire began June 9 in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

June 20, 2015
Chisana River 2 Fire Increases in Size
The Chisana River 2 Fire burning in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge is now 28,859 acres in size, an increase of over 11,500 acres in two days.

June 19, 2015
Chisana River 2 Grows to More Than 17,000 Acres
The Chisana River 2 Fire burning in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge was estimated at 17,179 acres as of late Thursday night and is still growing. The fire was started by lightning on June 9 and is burning about 20 miles south ofthe Alaska Highway and 25 miles from the Canadian border.

June 19, 2015
All Open Fires Prohibited at Denali National Park and Preserve
Very high fire danger exists in Denali National Park and Preserve due to a lack of recent precipitation, high winds and hot, dry weather. Park officials have determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities, which unduly increase the fire danger.

June 19, 2015
National Park Service Prohibits Open Fires at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
Effective immediately, National Park Service officials are prohibiting the use of all open fires and activities that unduly increase the fire danger in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve due to the current high temperatures, lack of recent precipitation, and strong winds.

June 19, 2015
All Open Fires Prohibited in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is banning the use of all open fires until further notice, including any form of wood or charcoal-based fire, even in established fire rings. Open fire restrictions will be lifted when areas receive at least 1/4 inch of precipitation and/or when fire danger moderates.

June 19, 2015
Open Fires Prohibited in Kenai Fjords National Park
Fire burn in effect due to high fire danger

June 18, 2015
Campfires Prohibited at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Past and prevailing weather conditions have caused extremely dry conditions in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Park officials have determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities which unduly increase the fire danger.

June 16, 2015
Chisana River 2 Fire Maintains Steady Growth Under Prime Conditions
Low relative humidity, high temperatures and Red Flag conditions for high winds pushed the Chisana River 2 Fire south under ideal burning conditions Monday, resulting in an increase of 118 acres. forest ecosystem.

June 16, 2015
Extreme fire danger in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, and the Alagnak Wild River
Effective immediately, open fires are prohibited in Katmai national park and preserve, Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve and the Alagnak Wild River until further notice. The use of gas grills and barbeques at campsites will be allowed.

June 14, 2015
Rain moderates activity on Chisana River 2 Fire
Fire activity on the 8,447-acre Chisana River 2 Fire burning in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve near the Alaska/Canada border was moderate on Saturday after two days of wetting rains.

June 13, 2015
Minimal fire activity on Chisana River 2
Cool, damp weather helped keep a large wildfire burning near the Alaska/Canada border in check on Friday but that could change with a change in weather.

June 12, 2015
Chisana River 2 Fire now estimated at 9,000 acres
A wildfire burning in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in the eastern interior of Alaska is now estimated at 9,000 acres.

June 11, 2015
Chisana River 2 Wildfire Makes 8300 Acre Run, Grows onto the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge
Copper Center, AK – The Chisana River 2 wildfire, burning 25 miles West of Beaver Creek, Yukon Canada burned north and west yesterday, onto the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. The lightning caused fire that was sparked June 9 is now 8324 acres, a growth of 8309 acres overnight.

June 10, 2015
Lightning Strike Ignites Chisana River 2 Wildfire at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
A small lightning strike wildfire is detected on June 9, 2015.

May 26, 2015
Lightning Strike Ignites Trout Fire on Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
On May 24, a lightning strike started a wildfire on the Yukon-Charley River National Preserve, East of Trout Creek and South of the Yukon River. The fire is torching individual spruce trees and burning downhill in the tundra. As of May 26, the fire is estimated to be 250 acres and is threatening a preserve cabin. Four firefighters are in place and have implemented a structure protection plan.

May 22, 2015
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Requests Your Diligence in Preventing Fires
With extreme fire danger levels throughout eastern interior Alaska, and no relief in sight heading into the Memorial Day Weekend, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is asking
visitors and residents to be diligent and use caution with all activities that could start a wildfire.

May 22, 2015
Denali National Park and Preserve Staff Request Public to Use Extreme Caution This Holiday Weekend
Very high fire danger exists in Denali National Park and Preserve due to a lack of recent precipitation, high winds and hot, dry weather. Park officials urge visitors to be especially careful with anything that may cause a spark this Memorial Day weekend.


Last Updated: August 13, 2015