National Park Service Prohibits Open Fires at Gates of the Arctic and Yukon-Charley Rivers Park and Preserves

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Effective immediately, National Park Service officials at Gates of the Arctic and Yukon-Charley Rivers Park and Preserves are prohibiting the use of all open fires and activities that unduly increase the fire danger in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve due to the current high temperatures, lack of recent precipitation, and strong winds.

“Open fires” refers to any flame source not immediately extinguishable or controllable and applies to any form of wood or charcoal-based fire, even in established fire rings. Gas grills and backpacking or camp stoves that use fuel or compressed canisters which can be regulated and shut off are still permitted.

The period of this ban will generally correspond to fire prohibitions put in place by the State of Alaska. Decisions to lift or continue bans will be made by National Park Service staff based on the wide geographic range and diversity of available fuels within the park or preserve boundaries, and weather conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for continued hot, dry and windy weather throughout the areas of both parks. Given an ignition source, these conditions contribute to very rapid fire growth.

There are currently no fires in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, and a single fire in monitor status in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. There are 49 fires burning in Alaska. Residents and visitors are asked to abide by the burning and firework prohibition to prevent additional fires.

Additional park information can be obtained at the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. or by calling (907) 459-3730, or by visiting the website at http://www.alaskacenters.gov

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