Denali National Park to Burn Debris Piles
Contact: Maureen Gualtieri, (907) 733-9103
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583
DENALI PARK, AK:Fire Management staff at Denali National Park and Preserve is planning to burn two individual debris piles within park boundaries in upcoming weeks, one at Kantishna and one at Toklat Road Camp. Kantishna is located approximately 65 west-southwest of Healy, Alaska near the end of the 92-mile Park Road. The Toklat pile is located approximately 40 mile southwest of Healy near mile 53 of the Park Road.
The materials to be burned are natural debris including brush, trees, and branches from hazard fuel reduction projects (fire protection) around structures and roadways. These treatments are necessary to provide defensible space around structures and to minimize control issues during a wildland fire incident. The debris pile sites are located on gravel and rock beds not immediately adjacent to surrounding fuels.
The ignition dates are weather dependent, but are planned to occur sometime between Monday, May 12 and Friday, June 6. During this time, smoke may be visible from surrounding communities, the Park Road, and from aircraft. NPS Fire Management staff will be on site monitoring the burns until they are declared out. Each burn is expected to last 2 to 4 days.
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Did You Know?
Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.