Wrangell-St. Elias NP Burns Piles of Woody Debris to Reduce Fire Risk July 21 – July 26

Wildland fire staff burn piles in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

NPS wildland fire staff burn piles near McCarthy in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Contact: Mark Keogh, 907-822-7223, mark_keogh@nps.gov

COPPER CENTER, Alaska: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve wildland fire staff will burn 40 piles of debris consisting of trees and brush July 21 through July 26. The piles are located at the Kiagna cabin site near McCarthy. Fire staff will ignite the debris piles in the morning and monitor them throughout the day. Smoke may be visible throughout the area.

Wildland fire employees created the piles while conducting hazardous fuels treatment projects in 2011 and 2012. Less vegetation will create a Firewise perimeter around the sites and reduce the fire risk in the event of wildfire.

Visit http://www.nps.gov/wrst/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm for more information about the park’s wildland fire management program.

Learn how fire staff reduce the fire risk to structures and how you can do it too at http://www.nps.gov/akso/nature/fire/firefuels.cfm.

For additional information, contact Wrangell-St. Elias Public Affairs at (907) 822-7223 or visit http://www.nps.gov/wrst/index.htm .

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