Noatak National Preserve Wildfire Declared Out

Brown and black burn from the Noatak Fire Fire

NPS Photo / Yasunori Matsui July 12, 2014

Contact: Linda Jeschke, linda_jeschke@nps.gov, 907.442.3890

KOTZEBUE: Wildland fire managers declared the lightning-ignited Noatak River fire out July 23, 2014. The fire was located north of the Noatak River and east of Narvakrak Lake. At approximately 700 acres, rain extinguished the fire.

Lightning fires are common in Noatak National Preserve, which averages four to six a year. Visit http://www.nps.gov/noat/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm and click on Noatak Fire History Map to view the fire history throughout the area from 1940 to 2013.

After fire, cotton grass and willow re-sprout and are beneficial to small mammals and grazing animals. Animals adapted to the Arctic have coexisted with fire for thousands of years.

Visit http://www.nps.gov/akso/nature/fire/fires.cfm for Alaska national parks fire information and http://www.akfireinfo.com for statewide information.

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