Currant Creek Fire Officially Declared Out
Contact: Mary McBurney, 907.235.7891
PORT ALSWORTH, Alaska – Sunday, August 25 the Currant Creek Fire in Lake Clark National Park was declared officially out by the State of Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was ignited by lightning June 26 and burned 1869 acres including forested areas along the Lake Clark shoreline. While the fire's impacts are readily visible by air and from the water, the burned areas will regenerate over time and create high quality habitat for a variety of species, including moose and furbearers.
The 2013 wildfire season was an active one in Lake Clark NP. The Kristin Creek Fire started June 18 and grew to roughly 17,000 acres over the course of two weeks and the Currant Creek Fire burned for two months. Given the park's recent fire history, we can no longer ask if fires will ignite again in Lake Clark, but when. Be proactive and prepare your home for future fires by being Firewise.
Did You Know?
Pilot Matt Nieminen was the first to fly into Lake Clark country in 1930, in a Waco 10 biplane on floats. Nieminen is seen here on the floats of a Fairchild 71 at Two Lakes, just after he became the first to fly over Mt. McKinley in it.