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Denali to Burn Debris Piles in Kantishna Area

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Date: September 19, 2019
Contact: G.W. Hitchcock, 907-683-9583

Fire Management staff from Denali National Park and Preserve plan to burn debris piles near the Kantishna Airstrip between Monday, September 23, and Friday, October 4, weather permitting. The Kantishna Airstrip is located along the Park Road, near mile marker 92.

The material being burned is natural debris (e.g., trees and brush) from hazard fuels reduction projects conducted around buildings and along roads. These projects, the 2017 Gallop Cabin and the 2018 Helibase, were necessary treatments to provide defensible space around structures, including historic cabins, and to minimize control issues in case of wildfire.

Fire fighters will light piles by hand and crews will monitor piles to ensure fire does not spread. During these operations, smoke may be visible in the Kantishna area, particularly the confluence of Friday and Moose Creeks. Piles are expected to burn for 2 – 3 days once ignited.

Defensible space is essential to improving the chances of survival for homes and structures in the event of wildfire. The public is encouraged to learn more about creating defensible space around their own homes and being ready for wildfire season.

Last updated: September 19, 2019

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