Current Fire Information
The 1,869-acre Currant Creek Fire was declared out August 25, 2013. Having burned for two months, cool and wet weather extinguished the long duration blaze.
Local residents reported seeing smoke 15 miles northeast of Port Alsworth, at Currant Creek, as a thunder and lightning storm moved through the area June 26. The fire was allowed to take its natural course for the health of the forest. Fires are a natural process in the boreal forest.
Wildfires are infrequent in Lake Clark NP. However they do happen on occasion and when conditions are right. We then can no longer ask if fires will ignite again in the park. Rather we must ask when. Be proactive and prepare your home for future fires by being Firewise. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/lacl/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm and click on Are You Prepared for Fire. Contact the park for hard copies of the Firewise Alaska brochure.
Did You Know?
Lake Clark is 1056 feet deep and covers 128 square miles. Thousands of years ago, the lake (and nearby Lake Iliamna) may have been open to salt water before being closed off by glacial outwash deposits.