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Contact: Kathleen Kelly, 907-683-9504
Very high fire danger exists in Denali National Park and Preserve due to a lack of recent precipitation, high winds and hot, dry weather. Park officials urge visitors to be especially careful with anything that may cause a spark this Memorial Day weekend.
The holiday weekend has, in the past, led to a number of wildfires that have accidentally started by escaped campfires and other recreational activities. When high fire danger occurs, given an ignition source, fires can quickly spread.
While there are not yet fire restrictions in place which prevent the use of small cooking and warming fires or barbecues, visitors should be aware that conditions can quickly change, forcing park officials to implement fire restrictions on short notice.
While campfires are permitted in fire grates in the park's campgrounds, campers should know how to properly manage and extinguish their campfires. Campfires should be kept small and contained within fire grates and should never be left unattended until the ashes are cold. They must also be put out if a windstorm is near and after each use.
Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed of fire danger and changing conditions this weekend. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.
For statewide wildfire information, visit akfireinfo.com. Updated park information is posted on the park's website at nps.gov/dena or by calling the park's information line at 907-683-2294 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.