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Two Wildfires being monitored in Katmai National Park and Preserve

Map of Katmai that shows fire locations in and around the park
Map showing locations of fires in and around Katmai National Park and Preserve


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News Release Date: June 8, 2022

Contact: Caron McKee, 907-644-3418

Contact: Charles Russell, 907-644-3409

King Salmon, Alaska- Two wildfires are currently being monitored by National Park Service and Alaska Division of Forestry personnel within the boundaries of Katmai National Park and Preserve. Lightning was the cause of both fires and neither pose an immediate threat to life or property.

The Idavain Fire (#218) located 25 miles east of King Salmon and 2 miles south of Idavain Lake was first reported on June 6. This fire was reported at 10 acres as of Wednesday (6/8) morning.

The Contact Creek Fire (#151), roughly 40 miles southeast of King Salmon, started on May 29. This fire is currently at 8,127 acres. Portions of the fire perimeter have burned into natural barriers inhibiting further spread. Sections of the northwestern, southern and eastern flank of the fire remain active.

Cooler and wetter conditions are anticipated over the next 5 days. However, until the fire area receives a wetting rain event, or the perimeter consumes available fuels up to a natural barrier, expect diminished but incremental growth.

Residents in Southwest Alaska may see smoke in the King Salmon area due to several large fires burning throughout southwest Alaska. The National Park Service and Alaska Division of Forestry will continue to monitor these incidents and further updates will be issued.

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Last updated: June 9, 2022

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