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Wildland Fire Staff successfully burn debris piles near McCarthy

University Fuels Project Pile Burning 100212
Debris piles burning near McCarthy
Jessica Sherwood, NPS

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News Release Date: October 15, 2012

Copper Center, Alaska - Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve wildland fire staff Burned 1100 piles of debris consisting of trees and brush over a 19 acre area from Oct. 1 through October 6. The piles were located in the McCarthy and Kennecott vicinity. 650 debris piles remain over a 15 acre area and will be burned in the spring of 2013.

The piles resulted from an interagency effort in 2011 to reduce thick vegetation on the Wrangell-St. Elias NP&P boundary to McCarthy. Fire staff worked hard to decrease vegetation in order to reduce the fire risk to McCarthy and increase public and firefighter safety during a wildfire.

Learn how fire staff reduce the fire risk to NPS structures and how you can do it too http://www.nps.gov/akso/nature/fire/firefuels.cfm.

For additional information, contact Wrangell-St. Elias Public Affairs at (907) 822-7223 or visit http://www.nps.gov/wrst/index.htm .

Did You Know?


The Wrangell Volcanic Field is comprised of 12 volcanoes, one of which, Mt. Wrangell, is still active. If fact, Mt. Wrangell is the largest and highest active volcano in the entire State of Alaska.