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July 24, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Wrangell-St. Elias Public Affairs at (907)-822-7223.
In accordance with the Department of Interior hazardous fuels reduction treatment priorities, the Fire Management staff at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn to reduce hazard fuels. This burn is the continuation of the mechanical hazardous fuels treatment around backcountry cabins. The targeted cabins are: Amphitheatre Creek ARC Shelter Cabin, Peavine Trappers Cabin, Glacier Creek Public Use Cabin, Camel Lake Subsistence Camp, Upper Lakina River Cabin, Three Mile Lake Cabin, Radar Gulch Mining Camp, and Hubert’s Landing. The objective of this project is to remove hazardous fuels around backcountry cabins to provide defensible space around the structures. This will allow for public and firefighter safety in the event of a wildfire.
The burn is scheduled to begin July 31, 2011 and last through August 6, 2011. Ignition of the piles will occur during the morning and last until the afternoon. Smoke may be visible from air traffic in the area. National Park Service Fire Management staff will be on site managing the burn.
For additional information call Wrangell-St. Elias Public Affairs at (907)-822-7223.