Delayed Opening of Kennecott Visitor Center
Due to lingering snow conditions and frozen water supply lines, the park has postponed the opening of the Kennecott Visitor Center until June 1. Even though the visitor center is closed, Kennecott MInes NHL and local businesses are open. More »
Wildland Fire Staff successfully burn debris piles near McCarthy
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 Gates Glacier, which feeds into the Kennicott Glacier near Donoho Peak, was named in 1899 for Edward Gates, a local prospector.