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Developments in Foraker Fire in Denali National Park and Preserve

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Date: July 4, 2019
Contact: Jennifer Johnston, (907) 683-6240
Contact: Larry Weddle, (907) 683-9548

The Foraker Fire (#389) in Denali National Park and Preserve was ignited by lightning and first detected on June 26. Over the following days, the fire grew in size to nearly 10,000 acres, burning primarily in black spruce approximately 24 miles west of Wonder Lake.
Three members of the USDA Forest Service Salmon Heli Rappellers based out of Salmon, Idaho were brought in to assume command of the fire. NPS firefighters assisted with the installation of sprinklers and pumps to protect two cabins and associated structures in the vicinity of the fire, in the event that the fire approaches the cabins.
A brief rain shower and cooler weather earlier this week greatly diminished fire activity. The Foraker Fire is currently 9,894 acres, with portions of the fire perimeter showing no visible smoke. Predicted hot and dry weather over the holiday weekend and into next week will likely increase fire activity and smoke. Learn more about wildfire smoke visibility, particulates, and predictions.
Lightning-caused wildfire is an essential and natural ecological process in Denali National Park, and the northwest region of the park experiences multiple fires each year. Visitors to Denali are urged to be aware of weather conditions and fire danger and to exercise care with campfires, camping stoves, and grills. Fireworks are prohibited in Denali National Park and Preserve.
Learn more about fire in Denali

Last updated: July 8, 2019

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