Denali National Park and Preserve Lifts Fire Restrictions
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
Fire activity has moderated due to recent rain and cooler weather and Denali National Park and Preserve officials have lifted the ban on open fires in the park’s backcountry areas. Open fires are now allowed in the 1980 park additions and in the preserve. They are not allowed in the wilderness portion of the park’s backcountry, which includes most of the original Mt. McKinley National Park. Open fires are allowed in established fire grates in the Riley Creek, Savage River, and Teklanika River Campgrounds.
The weather conditions have aided firefighter efforts in suppressing Interior fires, but higher winds are forecast. Visitors and residents are asked to assist the park’s fire managers by being careful with their use of fire in order to prevent additional fire starts.
Updated park information is posted on the web at www.nps.gov/dena. Information can also be obtained by calling (907) 683-2294 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.
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Did You Know?
Recent climate warming has affected Denali in ways that are readily apparent, such as reduced spring snowfall, earlier snowmelt, earlier green-up and thawing of permanent snowfields. Subarctic ecosystems, like Denali, are extremely sensitive to climate variability and change.