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Contact: Robyn Broyles, (907) 644-3418
Port Alsworth, Alaska –Fire danger in Lake Clark and Iliamna Lake region is very high and approaching extreme as prolonged hot, dry and windy weather has dried Park vegetation. These conditions mean that given an ignition source, new fires may readily start and spread quickly.
Wildland fire managers discourage visitors and residents from lighting campfires or other open flame sources and ask visitors and residents to please use caution with all activities that could start a wildfire. This request is in line with the Division of Forestry, which has contacted communities across Southwest Alaska discouraging open burning.
On June 14, an airtanker flying over the Can Creek Fire, burning northwest of park in a limited protection area reported seeing a small column from the fire and an active flame front. The fire is 1,017 acres and is not threatening the park. Fire activity is expected to continue as long as conditions remain extreme. Drift smoke may be visible from the park.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve may lower the fire danger when the area receives at least a quarter inch of rain.
Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed of fire danger and conditions. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.
For statewide wildfire information, visit fire.ak.blm.gov or www.akfireinfo.com.