Prescribed burn planned for Creamer’s Field on May 7

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2014

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Alaska Division of Forestry plans to conduct a prescribed burn on Wednesday, May 7, at the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge on behalf of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Weather conditions on May 7 will ultimately determine if the burn occurs that day. Firefighters will not start the burn if conditions are unsafe. Smoke will be visible throughout Fairbanks but firefighters will only burn under conditions that minimize smoke impacts to the public.

The project involves specific portions of the refuge (see red areas on map below  – map generated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game ), totaling roughly 30 acres. Recreational opportunities in the refuge will still be possible during the burn.

The 1,800-acre refuge is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and compatible public uses, including wildlife viewing, research, nature education, and other forms of non-motorized recreation. Burning the dead grass will enhance wildlife habitat and reduce the potential for uncontrolled wildfires.

For additional information about the following, please contact:
Prescribed Burn Project- Ed Sanford (907) 451-2634, Division of Forestry
Creamer’s Field- Laurie Boeck (907) 459-7223, Department of Fish and Game

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About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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