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There are many fuels and fire-related projects that occur in the national parks. Current fires is a source for up-to-date information on prescribed fires, wildfires, and hazard fuels reduction projects.
- Windy Peak
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, CA
Fire/Project Started: 08/23/2013
Last Report Posted: 08/31/2013
- 2013 August Lightning
Crater Lake National Park, OR
Fire/Project Started: 08/22/2013
Last Report Posted: 08/26/2013
- Snake Fire
Yellowstone National Park, ID,MT,WY
Fire/Project Started: 08/05/2013
Last Report Posted: 08/06/2013
- Forbidden Fire
Yosemite National Park, CA
Fire/Project Started: 05/21/2013
Last Report Posted: 07/17/2013
- White Fire
Wupatki National Monument, AZ
Fire/Project Started: 07/05/2013
Last Report Posted: 07/05/2013
- Halfway Fire
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Fire/Project Started: 06/19/2013
Last Report Posted: 06/20/2013
- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Debris Pile Burn
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, AK
Fire/Project Started: 04/23/2013
Last Report Posted: 05/03/2013
- Bow Creek Pile Burn
Missouri National Recreational River, SD
Fire/Project Started: 02/25/2013
Last Report Posted: 03/01/2013
- Red Cedar Reduction
Chickasaw National Recreation Area, OK
Fire/Project Started: 02/01/2013
Last Report Posted: 02/25/2013
- Fern Lake Fire
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Fire/Project Started: 10/09/2012
Last Report Posted: 12/14/2012
McKinley River East Fire
Denali National Park & Preserve, AK
Wildfire Started on or about 06/28/2013
Status as of 07/02/2013
This fire has been 100% contained Cause Natural
Location 15 miles west northwest of Wonder Lake on the east side of Mckinley River (AK)
Estimated Containment Date weather or season ending event
The park is open. There are no closures or restrictions due to the fire.
Updates on Fire
Fire danger for the park and surrounding area remains high to extreme. The National Park Service is urging park visitors to be extremely cautious with anything that could start a wildfire. Campfires are being discouraged, but they are permitted in the fire grates in three of the park?s campgrounds. Fires are not allowed in the park?s wilderness areas. Fireworks are not allowed in the park and will be confiscated. Persons using fireworks in the park may be prosecuted.
A private citizen reported this fire to Denali NP personnel on the evening of June 28. The fire was confirmed by helicopter flight over the fire.
Last 24-hour Activity
Last observed on July 1 most of the fire obscured by weather.
Fire managers will allow the fire to take its natural course for the health of the forest.The fire will be monitored by mapping it from the air and documenting fire behavior.
Vegetation Affected Black spruce/boreal mixed woods
Air / Smoke Issues
Fire and smoke are often part of Alaskan summers and park visitors and local residents can anticipate varying levels of wildfire smoke due to current and expected fire activity. Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day, surface heating will mix smoke and carry it upwards, temporarily improving air quality. For the latest information on wildfire smoke and air quality in your area, check the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Air Quality website at http://dec.alaska.gov/AIR/smokemain.htm
Benefits of the Burn
Fires are a naturally occurring event in the boreal forest. They clean up the forest floor, rejuvenate soils and create rich habitat for wildlife. They also burn in a mosaic like pattern and in so doing reduce the intensity and danger of future fires throughout the area.
Values to be Protected
No values (structures, natural or cultural sites) are threatened at this time.
Alaska Fire Service
Additional Information Visit the Incident Website
August 12 map of fires in and around Denali NP | 542 KB | PJPEG
McKinley River East Fire Updates
June 28, 2013 initial report
July 1, 2013
July 2, 2013
July 4, 2013
July 16, 2013
August 2, 2013
August 16, 2013