Denali Park to Burn Debris Pile
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
Fire management staff at Denali National Park and Preserve will burn a large pile of debris consisting of brush, tree branches, scrap lumber, and other woody material on Monday, February 26. Ignition of the pile is planned to occur mid-morning.
The pile is located in the park’s sewage lagoon area, which is located on the north side of the Denali Park Road within the first ½ mile from its junction with the Parks Highway. The smoke may be visible from the Parks Highway.
The burn pile is situated on a large rock and gravel pad that is free of vegetation. Fire management staff will be monitoring the burn and the weather so that the fire behavior remains within predetermined criteria. The burn is expected to last four days, but will be extinguished sooner if changes in weather or other factors threaten to alter fire behavior to unacceptable standards.
The material being burned is from last year’s roadside clearing, new trail construction in the park’s entrance area, clearing or brushing of existing trails, historic building rehabilitation, and various other projects.
For additional information call park headquarters at (907) 683-2294 from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.
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.