Alaska National Parks Wildland Fire Information for 5/24/2009
Contact: Morgan Warthin, 907-644-3418
What happens when summer temperatures and blue sky days linger over Alaska? Throw a heat source, either lightning or human-caused into the mix, and wildland fires appear. Two fires in Denali mark the beginning of the Alaska National Parks wildland fire season.
Toklat River #1 Fire -REF# 146, EW70
Toklat River #2 Fire – REF # 150, EW74
The fires burn in a Limited Management Option where it’s exclusion may be detrimental to the fire dependent ecosystem. This option encompasses an area where fire occurrence is essential to the biodiversity of the resources protected and the long-term ecological health of the land.
Wondering where the fires are exactly located? Visit http://fire.ak.blm.gov/ and click on Maps/Imagery/Geospatial, Fire Information to view a map of the active fires in Alaska.
Information will be posted at http://www.nps.gov/dena/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm soon.
For More Information,
Larry Weddle, Western Area Fire Management Officer, e-mail us 907.683.9548
Morgan Warthin, Regional Fire Communication and Education Specialist, e-mail us 907.644.3418
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.