Elevated Fire Risk in Lake Clark and Iliamna Lake Region
Contact: Megan Richotte, 907-644-3639
Port Alsworth, Alaska – Conditions are extremely dry in the Lake Clark and Iliamna Lake region and expected to stay that way through next week. With these dry conditions any new fires that start will spread quickly. Please use caution with campfires, off-road vehicles, recreational activities, and anything that could start a wildfire. The State of Alaska Division of Forestry has requested residents refrain from burning. Open burning is discouraged until weather conditions change. Early melt and warm temperatures have created higher fire risk than is normally experienced in mid-May.
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.