May 20, 2014
Contact: Megan Richotte
Effective immediately, all open fires in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve are prohibited due to high fire danger. This order will be in effect until weather and fire conditions change. The period of this ban will generally correspond to fire ban decisions put in place by the Lake and Peninsula Borough but will be managed independently based on the wide geographic range and diversity of available fuels within the park and preserve boundaries.
The term “open fires” refers to any flame source not immediately extinguishable or controllable and applies to any form of wood or charcoal-based fire, even in established fire rings. Backpacking and camp stoves using fuel or compressed canisters which can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use.
Continued hot, dry and windy weather throughout southwest Alaska has contributed to red flag warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to follow the fire prohibitions and prevent additional fire starts. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.
Check out statewide wildfire information or visit http://www.akfireinfo.com for more information.