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July 28, 2014
Wildfire Declared Out
Wildland fire managers declared the lightning-ignited Noatak River fire out July 23, 2014. The fire was located north of the Noatak River and east of Narvakrak Lake. At approximately 700 acres, rain extinguished the fire.

July 16, 2014
Lightning Sparks Wildfires in Noatak
Lightning ignited two new fires in Noatak National Preserve. The Noatak River fire is located north of the Noatak River and east of Narvakrak Lake. This fire was estimated at 300 acres burning in brush and tundra and exhibiting two to four foot flame lengths with 100 percent of the perimeter active. The fire does not pose an immediate threat to life or property, and it is burning in a “limited” fire management unit. Named the Noatak River Fire, it was discovered by a National Park Service ranger flying over the area. The closest structure is 20 miles downriver. The ranger also reported the two-acre Maiyumerak Creek Fire, located west of the mouth of Maiyumerak Creek, which had no smoke observed and is in monitor status.

Did You Know?

A mother and baby Dall Sheep stand on a rocky hillside.

Noatak National Preserve provides critical habitat for one of the most northern populations of Dall sheep in the world. The coastal Inupiat word for Dall sheep is Imnaiq; the Kobuk dialect word is Ipnaiq