NPS Advises Visitors to Use Caution with Fire Use Over Fourth of July Holiday
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
Denali National Park and Preserve officials are asking visitors to be especially cautious with fire during this week's holiday period. Campfires are permitted in the fire grates in some of the park’s campgrounds but should be completely extinguished after use. Campfires may not be left unattended for even a short period of time. Fires are not permitted in the backcountry areas of the original Mount McKinley National Park that are designated as wilderness.
Fire danger in the area has been moderate in recent days. However, fire conditions can change rapidly. Low humidity, high temperatures, and a lack of precipitation could make the fire danger change to very high or extreme. There are currently 46 fires burning in the state and certain places have extremely high fire potential.
Fireworks are not permitted in Denali National Park and Preserve and will be confiscated. Persons using fireworks in the park may be prosecuted.
Additional park information can be obtained at the Denali Visitor Center between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., by calling (907) 683-2294 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily, or by visiting the park website at www.nps.gov/dena.
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Did You Know?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.