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Contact: Kris Fister, 907-455-0641
During the evening of Wednesday, June 21, the Alaska Fire Service notified the National Park Service that they had discovered a new lightning-caused fire in the Preserve near Trout Creek, about 25 air miles northwest of Eagle. It is approximately ½ acre in size, burning in mixed hardwood and spruce within the perimeter of a 2015 fire. The National Park Service is working with the Alaska Fire Service to provide protection for the cabin that is approximately 1.75 miles west of the fire.
Fire in Alaska’s boreal forest is an essential process that restores ecosystem health and helps maintain species diversity. The National Park Service works with its interagency partners, neighboring communities, and other stakeholders to balance the risks and benefits of wildland fire when making decisions on fire management. Land owners can decrease the risk to their property by taking steps to make cabins and other structures more defensible against wildfire.
Additional information on the Preserve is available at www.nps.gov/yuch or by calling the Eagle Visitor Center between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at (907) 547-2233.