Alaska National Parks Wildland Fire Information for 5/26/2009
Contact: Morgan Warthin, 907-644-3418
Another fire was detected in Denali NP. Fires are not common before green up at Denali NP. If there is one, pre-green up fire season typically occurs prior to June 1st. Based on data collected between 1950 – 2008 23% of Denali’s pre-green up fires have occurred this year!
Live Trap Lake Fire – REF# 174, EXA6
Toklat River #1 Fire -REF# 146, EW70
Toklat River #2 Fire – REF # 150, EW74
Two NPS cabins are about 3 to 4 miles away from the fires. Both cabins are Firewise thanks to the efforts of NPS fire management staff a few years ago. Staff reduced the vegetation around the cabins to mitigate the wildland fire risk. Yesterday and today staff installed sprinkler kits on both cabins in preparation for possible fire growth.
Visit http://www.nps.gov/dena/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm for more information.
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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.