First Wildfire of the Summer Burning in Gates of the Arctic

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Date: June 29, 2017
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 455-0641

The lightning-caused Narvak Lake Fire was discovered by detection aircraft on Tuesday, June 27. It is burning on the western shore of Narvak Lake, which is on the northwestern edge of the “boot” portion of the Gates of the Arctic National Preserve.  As of the most recent detection overflight on Wednesday, June 28 the fire had grown to approximately 10 acres in size. It is actively burning on much of its perimeter, but the fire is moving slowly. Alaska Fire Service and National Park Service fire management staff will continue to monitor the fire’s status during regular overflights of the area. There is currently no threat to the private lodge that is on the eastern side of the lake approximately 3.5 miles northeast of the fire. 

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Last updated: June 29, 2017

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