Snow slows the prescribed fire season

The first prescribed fire for 2014 was scheduled to occur on April 9. Snow that hit many parts of the state delayed the operation. The prescribed fire for the Donnelly Training Area East, approximately five miles south of Delta Junction has been rescheduled to begin as early as Saturday, April 12.

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service is prepared to assist the U.S. Army Garrison-Alaska with the coordination and implementation of multiple prescribed fires in the Donnelly Training Area, Yukon Training Area, Fort Wainwright Main Post and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson from April 9 to June 8.

The purpose of the prescribed fires is to reduce the potential for wildfire, dispose of hand-piled woody debris created during thinning operations from prior years, and eliminate dried grass build up. Removing the piles and grass now will reduce fire danger during the summer months. The prescribed fires help to increase training opportunities in support of military readiness.

For more information contact the Alaska Fire Service Public Affairs Office at 907-356-5511, or the Upper Yukon-Tanana dispatch at 356-5554.

About afsakfireinfo

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 240 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with over $15 million in inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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