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Contact: Maureen Gualtieri, (907) 733-9103
DENALI PARK, Alaska: Fire Management staff at Denali National Park and Preserve are planning to burn several debris piles, one at the Toklat Road Camp (Mile 53 on the Denali Park Road) and two others in Kantishna at approximately Mile 91 near the confluence of Eureka and Moose Creeks. The planned ignition dates are between Tuesday, September 22 and Saturday, October 10, weather permitting.
The material being burned is natural debris, i.e. trees and brush from hazard fuel reduction (fire protection) projects around buildings and along the road. These treatments are necessary to provide defensible space around structures, including historic cabins, and to minimize control issues during a wildland fire.
The debris piles are located on gravel and rock beds not immediately adjacent to surrounding fuels. NPS Fire Management staff will be monitoring the burning on site. The piles are expected to burn for two to three days. During burning, smoke may be visible in the area from the Denali Park Road and from aircraft.
Additional park information can be obtained by calling 907-683-9532 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily or on the web at www.nps.gov/dena. Stay connected with "DenaliNPS" on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and iTunes – links to these social media sites are available at www.nps.gov/dena .