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

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

More Accurate Mapping Shows Kristin Creek Fire Growing

Updated map of Kristen Creek Fire Perimeter
June 22 map of Kristin Creek Fire
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News Release Date: June 23, 2013
Contact: Mary McBurney, 907-602-2333

Port Alsworth, Alaska –The State of Alaska Division of Forestry mapped the Kristin Creek Fire from the air yesterday and reported that it had grown from 635 acres on June 20 to 2,409 acres. The fire was 65 percent active, smoldering primarily in tundra and moving predominately to the northwest. Four helitack fire fighters are on the ground monitoring the fire and its movements closely and focusing their efforts on reducing the wildfire risk to 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.

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 70 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/parkmgmt/currentfireinfo.htm

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Did You Know?

Lake Clark is fed by snowfall and glaciers in the surrounding mountains.

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.