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Fire management staff at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will burn piles of debris consisting of trees and brush from, April 25, 2011 through April 29, 2011. Burning of piles could occur anytime during the above dates. The pile burn location is at the Wrangell-St. Elias Park and Preserve Headquarters. The project includes the parking area, administrative buildings, visitor center, and seasonal housing.Ignition of the piles will occur during the morning and last until the afternoon. Smoke may be visible from the Richardson Highway. National Park Service Fire Management staff will be on site managing the burn. The burn piles resulted from a hazardous fuels treatment project that occurred on the property during the summer of 2010.
The primary project goal is to provide a reduced fuel buffer zone on NPS land surrounding the Wrangell St Elias (WRST) headquarters. The project includes the parking area, administrative, visitor center, and seasonal housing structures. The fuel buffer will provide for public and firefighter safety in the event of a wildland fire.
For additional information call Wrangell-St. Elias Public Affairs at (907)-822-7223.