Fire Fighters Providing Protection to Private Structures
Contact: Megan Richotte, 907-781-2135
Port Alsworth, Alaska –The Kristin Creek Fire is located in the northwest corner of Lake Clark NP&P and has grown from five acres to over 2,700 as of June 22nd. Visibility in the fires vicinity is poor.Alaska Division of Forestry last mapped the fire June 22nd at 2,700 acres and hope to get an updated fire size when conditions are favorable. The fire has moved northeast around a private airstrip where four helitack firefighters are on the ground providing protection for the structures. Additional structures have been identified about one and a half miles from the fire and eight smokejumpers were sent to that site last night to provide protection for those structures.
Where there is fire, there is smoke. 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. Smoke was reported this morning from National Park Service volunteers stationed at Telaquana Lake and Twin Lakes.Smoke at Telaquana Lake is limiting visibility to less than one mile at ground-level at times.
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
Currently, more than 80 fires are active statewide. Visit http://fire.ak.blm.gov/ for information about statewide wildfires, especially those near Lake Clark NPP.
For up-to-date Kristin Creek Fire information, maps and photos visit: http://www.nps.gov/lacl/
Did You Know?
As recently as the 1960s, dog team travel was still the best way to get around Lake Clark country in the winter. Snowmobiles are more common now, but many people still keep sled dogs.