FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Effective immediately, due to expected moisture and cold temperatures that has significantly moderated fire danger, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is lifting the fire restriction.
While campfires are now allowed in the preserve, wind and dry weather can quickly dry vegetation and increase fire danger. Visitors are reminded to be careful with any open flame campfire. Visitors are also encouraged to build their campfires on beaches or gravel bars where water and ice will wash evidence away.
On May 24, a lightning strike started a wildfire on the preserve, East of Trout Creek and South of the Yukon River. The National Park Service and the Alaska Fire Service fire staff will allow the Trout Fire to take its natural course in the shrub tundra. They will monitor it by mapping it from the air and document fire behavior observations. Smoke may be visible from the Yukon River at times.
Additional park information can be obtained at the Visitor Center between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or by calling (907) 459-3730, or by visiting the website at http://www.nps.gov/yuch.