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There are many fuels and fire-related projects that occur in the national parks. Current fires is a source for up-to-date information on prescribed fires, wildfires, and hazard fuels reduction projects.
- Windy Peak
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, CA
Fire/Project Started: 08/23/2013
Last Report Posted: 08/31/2013
- 2013 August Lightning
Crater Lake National Park, OR
Fire/Project Started: 08/22/2013
Last Report Posted: 08/26/2013
- Snake Fire
Yellowstone National Park, ID,MT,WY
Fire/Project Started: 08/05/2013
Last Report Posted: 08/06/2013
- Forbidden Fire
Yosemite National Park, CA
Fire/Project Started: 05/21/2013
Last Report Posted: 07/17/2013
- White Fire
Wupatki National Monument, AZ
Fire/Project Started: 07/05/2013
Last Report Posted: 07/05/2013
- Halfway Fire
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Fire/Project Started: 06/19/2013
Last Report Posted: 06/20/2013
- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Debris Pile Burn
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, AK
Fire/Project Started: 04/23/2013
Last Report Posted: 05/03/2013
- Bow Creek Pile Burn
Missouri National Recreational River, SD
Fire/Project Started: 02/25/2013
Last Report Posted: 03/01/2013
- Red Cedar Reduction
Chickasaw National Recreation Area, OK
Fire/Project Started: 02/01/2013
Last Report Posted: 02/25/2013
- Fern Lake Fire
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Fire/Project Started: 10/09/2012
Last Report Posted: 12/14/2012
Wigand Creek Fire
Denali National Park & Preserve, AK
Wildfire Started on or about 06/26/2013
Status as of 07/04/2013
This fire has been 100% contained Cause Natural
Location The fire is 21 miles north of the Denali Hwy and east of the Toklat River (AK) (AK)
Resources Committed Four smokejumpers
Estimated Containment Date weather or season ending event
The park is open. There are no closures or restrictions due to the fire.
Updates on Fire
Eight smokejumpers were deployed late July 2 to provide structure protection to two historic ranger patrol cabins potentially threatened by the Wigand Creek and Toklat River East Fires, which will likely burn together soon. The Lower Toklat cabin, built in 1931 and located approximately 23 miles north of the Denali Park Road, is approximately .8 mile west of the Toklat River East Fire. The East Fork cabin is about 4.5 miles east of the Toklat River East Fire. It was constructed in 1930 and is about 18 miles north of the road. The National Park Service fire crews removed shrubs, trees, and other potential fuel from the vicinity of the cabins within the past five years as part of the park?s hazardous fuel treatment program. The smokejumpers are tentatively planning a burnout operation at the Lower Toklat Cabin as it is more at risk due to the fire?s proximity. The jumpers at the Lower East Fork Cabin will do hose lays and prepare a sprinkler system.
The Wigand Creek Fire was one of 3 lightning sparked fires that were ignited on the evening of June 26. This is burning between the Toklat River and Wigand Creek
Last 24-hour Activity
Denali fire managers were able to fly over the park yesterday and map the fire.
Fire managers will allow the fire to take its natural course for the health of the forest. The fire will be monitored by mapping it from the air and documenting fire behavior.
Vegetation Affected Tussock tundra
Air / Smoke Issues
Where there is fire, there is smoke. Due to the current and expected statewide fire activity, park visitors should anticipate the possibility of varying levels of smoke in the park. Wildfire smoke information is available at http://dec.alaska.gov/air/smokemain.htm.
Benefits of the Burn
Fire in the far north is a natural process. After fire, cotton grass and willow re-sprout and are beneficial to small mammals and grazing animals. Animals adapted to the artic have coexisted with fire for thousands of years.
Values to be Protected
Four smoke jumpers are at each cabin after fire managers were able to fully assess the structural protection needs.
Alaska Fire Service
Additional Information Visit the Incident Website
July 16 map of wildfires in and around Denali NP | 547 KB | PJPEG
Wigand Creek Fire Updates
June 26, 2013 initial report
July 3, 2013
July 4, 2013
July 5, 2013
July 16, 2013