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National Park Service to Burn Debris Piles in Denali

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Date: February 17, 2012

 

Release Date: February 17, 2012(DRAFT)

Contact: Kris Fister, kris_fister@nps.gov, 907- 683-9583

 

National Park Service to Burn Debris Piles in Denali

DENALI PARK, Alaska: Fire Management staff at Denali National Park and Preserve will burn piles of debris consisting of trees and brush when weather conditions permit beginning Saturday, February 18 through May 31, 2012. The piles are situated at four locations, including sites near the Denali Park Road and in the backcountry. Smoke may be visible in areas near the debris piles, and from the Denali Park Road, Parks Highway, and aircraft.

Burn pile site locations:

Admin Road - ¼ mile east of the McKinley Park landing strip (Mile 1 on the park road),approximately ½ mile northwest of the park road entrance.

Toklat Road Camp - Mile 53 on the park road, on the Toklat River approximately ½ mile north of the road.

Lower Windy Creek Patrol Cabin - Approximately 2.5 miles north of the Cantwell Airport, west of the Jack River and the Denali Park boundary.

Parker Cabin - On Moose Creek approximately 7.5 miles east of Kantishna and 5 miles north of the park road.

NPS Fire Management staff will be monitoring the burning on site. Each pile is expected burn for 3-4 days. The material being burned is debris from hazard fuel reduction treatment (fire protection) around structures, brushing along the park road, and maintenance projects in the park.

Additional park information can be obtained by calling (907) 683-9532 from 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. daily or on the web at www.nps.gov/dena. Stay connected with "DenaliNPS" on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and iTunes - links to these social media sites are available at www.nps.gov/dena .

 

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Did You Know?

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