Lightning Ignites Chisana River #2 Wildfire on Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Copper Center, AK – On June 9, a lightning strike 22 miles southwest of the Alaska Highway along the west side of the Chisana River ignited a small wildfire. The 15 acre fire is actively burning in black spruce and tundra. It does not pose a threat to structures or resources. Fire management staff will perform an aerial reconnaissance flight today to map and view the fire.

The fire will be allowed to run its natural course, but fire management staff will monitor the fire by air to document fire behavior observations. In the boreal forests of Alaska, fire is a natural process that restores ecosystem health and wildfire habitat.

Thunderstorms are expected over the area today with drier and warmer conditions expected this weekend. This may promote fire growth.

For more information please visit http://www.nps.gov/wrst/learn/management/currentfireinfo.htm

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