Date: May 20, 2015
Contact: Pat Sanders, 907-547-2233
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Effective immediately, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve officials are prohibiting the use of open fires in the preserve due to the high fire danger. No open campfires will be allowed in the preserve, but the use of gas grills and barbeques at campsites will be permitted. No ground fire of any type, including wood or charcoal-based fires, are permitted. This order will be in effect until the weather and fire conditions change.
Throughout the month of May, the National Weather Service has routinely issued red flag warnings for continued hot, dry and windy weather conditions throughout eastern interior Alaska. This has contributed to extreme fire conditions.
Vigilance is mandatory for any activities that may cause a spark. Please consider your safety and the safety of others: do your part to prevent human-caused fires. Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to follow the fire prohibitions and prevent additional fire starts. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.
For statewide wildfire information, visit: http://akfireinfo.com/.
Additional park information can be obtained at the Visitor Center between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or by calling (907) 459-3730, or by visiting the website at www.nps.gov/yuch.