• Autumn photo of Lake Clark and the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Currant Creek Fire Officially Declared Out

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Date: August 26, 2013
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. 

Learn more about becoming Firewise at http://www.nps.gov/lacl/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm. Click on Are You Prepared for Fire. Contact the park headquarters in Port Alsworth at 907-781-2218 for hard copies of the Firewise Alaska brochure.

Did You Know?

This willow ptarmigan is in the process of changing plumage colors.

Willow ptarmigan, found across southwest Alaska, are white in the winter and brown in the summer. These notoriously slow birds need extra camouflage from predators!