Dry Conditions in Katmai National Park and Preserve Elevates Fire Danger

KING SALMON, Alaska – Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alagnak Wild River, and Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve – Visitors and residents are reminded that as dead vegetation becomes exposed and begins to cure due to dry windy days, elevated fire danger conditions will quickly develop. These conditions mean that given an ignition source, new fires may readily start and spread quickly. Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to please use caution with all activities that could start a wildfire.

While localized precipitation may moderate fire danger for a short time, until annual vegetation fully greens up, dead grass will remain at significant risk for new fires and contribute to rapid fire growth given a little wind.

Fire officials in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alagnak Wild River, and Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve are waiting for more rain or significant green-up activity to moderate fire danger. They will lift the fire advisory when the area receives at least a quarter inch of rain for four consecutive days, or significant green-up activity occurs.

Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed of fire danger and conditions. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.

Find updated park information at http://www.nps.gov/katm and http://www.nps.gov/ania. Information can also be obtained by calling (907) 246-3305 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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