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Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583
April 30 - May 4 is Alaska Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week. As the snow and ice retreat from the lands and waters of Alaska, the National Park Service encourages the public to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare for and prevent human-caused wildfires from occurring near homes and communities. In Interior Alaska's fire-prone ecosystems, it is not a matter of "if" wildfires will occur, but a matter of "where" and "when." Individual and collective prevention and preparedness efforts create a safer Alaska for the public and the firefighters.
While lightning-caused fires are part of a complex, natural process, it is the unwanted human-caused fires that pose the most direct, but preventable risk to developed areas. Fires caused by various human activities are likely to occur in close proximity to towns, villages, and communities near undeveloped lands. Interagency firefighting personnel encourage you to prevent, prepare and be aware!
Prevent! Remember, it only takes a spark to start a fire. Be cautious with anything that could start a wildfire- even the unexpected. Recreational activities, based on the time of year and weather conditions, may lead to unintentional fires. Learn about safe burning practices, debris burning, and burn barrels at: http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/AlaskaDNRDOF.
Prepare! How Fast Can Your House Run? Homeowners can take effective measures to protect their homes and property by adopting Firewise principles, which can reduce the risk of damage or loss due to a wildland fire. Several resources, including the Firewise Alaska brochure, are available at http://forestry.alaska.gov/pdfs/firewise09.pdf .
Be Aware! Make Use of Fire Information Sources. The Interagency Coordination Center website http://fire.ak.blm.gov/ provides current fire information, maps, statistics, and more.
Denali National Park and Preserve information is available on the web or by calling 907-683-9532 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily. Stay connected with "DenaliNPS" on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and iTunes - links to these social media sites are available at www.nps.gov/dena/connect.htm.