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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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Alaska's wildfire season is approaching. Please be safe with anything that could ignite a wildfire. Remember, you are responsible for the fires you start. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.

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Recent Alaska Wildland Fire Updates

 

May 24, 2015

Fire in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve


A fire detection flight spotted a lightning-ignited wildfire in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve May 24, 2015. The preserve is open, but fire restrictions are in place. Learn more about this fire.



May 22, 2015

Denali National Park and Preserve: Park Staff Request Public to Use Extreme Caution This Holiday Weekend


Kathleen Kelly - (907) 683-9504

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.

The holiday weekend has, in the past, led to a number of wildfires that have accidently started by escaped campfires and other recreational activities. When high fire danger occurs, given an ignition source, fires can quickly spread.

While there are not yet fire restrictions in place which prevent the use of small cooking and warming fires or barbeques, visitors should be aware that conditions can quickly change, forcing park officials to implement fire restrictions on short notice.

While campfires are permitted in fire grates in the park’s campgrounds, campers should know how to properly manage and extinguish their campfires. Campfires should be kept small and contained within fire grates and should never be left unattended until the ashes are cold. They must also be put out if a windstorm is near and after each use.

Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed of fire danger and changing conditions this weekend. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.



May 21, 2015

High Fire Danger in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve: Park Requests Your Diligence in Preventing Fires


Mark Keogh – (907) 822-7223

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.

Lack of precipitation this spring and hot, windy weather has created extreme fire conditions, particularly in the interior and central Alaska. These conditions mean that given an ignition source, new fires may easily spread quickly.

The holiday weekend has, in the past, lead to a number of wildfires that are accidently started by escaped campfires and other recreational activities. While there are not yet fire restrictions in place to prevent the use of small cooking and warming fires or barbeques, diligence is mandatory for any activities that may cause a spark.

Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed of the fire danger and be aware of changing weather conditions. Please consider your safety and the safety of others and do your part to prevent human-caused fires. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.



May 20, 2015

All Open Fires Prohibited in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve


Pat Sanders – (907) 547-2233

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Effective immediately, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve officials are prohibiting the use of open fires in the preserve due to the high fire danger. No open campfires will be allowed in the preserve, but the use of gas grills and barbeques at campsites will be permitted. No ground fire of any type, including wood or charcoal-based fires, are permitted. This order will be in effect until the weather and fire conditions change.

Throughout the month of May, the National Weather Service has routinely issued red flag warnings for continued hot, dry and windy weather conditions throughout eastern interior Alaska. This has contributed to extreme fire conditions.

Vigilance is mandatory for any activities that may cause a spark. Please consider your safety and the safety of others: do your part to prevent human-caused fires. Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to follow the fire prohibitions and prevent additional fire starts. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.



April 29, 2015

Fire Advisory: Dry Conditions in Katmai National Park and Preserve


Robyn Broyles – 907-644-3418

KING SALMON, Alaska - Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alagnak Wild River, and Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve visitors and residents are reminded that as dead vegetation becomes exposed and begins to cure due to dry windy days, elevated fire danger conditions will quickly develop. These conditions mean that given an ignition source, new fires may readily start and spread quickly. Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to please use caution with all activities that could start a wildfire.

While localized precipitation may moderate fire danger for a short time, until annual vegetation fully greens up, dead grass will remain at significant risk for new fires and contribute to rapid fire growth given a little wind. Fire officials in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alagnak Wild River, and Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve are waiting for more rain or significant green-up activity to moderate fire danger. They will lift the fire advisory when the area receives at least a quarter inch of rain for four consecutive days, or significant green-up activity occurs.

Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed of fire danger and conditions. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.



April 27, 2015

Fire Advisory: Dry Conditions in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve


Robyn Broyles – 907-644-3418

Port Alsworth, Alaska – Visitors and residents are reminded that elevated fire danger exists due to cured and dead vegetation in portions of the Lake Clark and Iliamna Lake region. These conditions mean that given an ignition source, new fires may readily start and spread quickly.

Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to please use caution with all activities that could start a wildfire. While localized precipitation may moderate fire danger for a short time, until annual vegetation fully greens up, dead grass will remain at significant risk for new fires and contribute to rapid fire growth given a little wind. Fire officials in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve are waiting for more rain, or significant green-up activity to moderate fire danger. The Port Alsworth and Lake Clark areas have not received rainfall in the last seven days.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve will lift its fire advisory when the area receives at least a quarter inch of rain for four consecutive days, or significant green-up activity occurs. Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed of fire danger and conditions.

Last Updated: March 18, 2015