DENALI PARK, Alaska: Recent rain showers and cooler weather have reduced fire activity and Denali National Park and Preserve officials have lifted the campfire closure in the park and preserve.
Open fires are now allowed in established fire grates in Riley Creek, Savage River and Teklanika River Campgrounds, and in the 1980 park additions and the preserve.
Open fires are not allowed in the wilderness portion of the park’s backcountry, which includes most of the original Mt. McKinley National Park.
Weather conditions have aided firefighter efforts in suppressing fires and moderated fire activity on fires in the region. Visitors and residents are asked to assist the park’s fire managers by being careful with their use of fire in order to prevent additional fire starts.
There are currently 306 active wildfires in the state; so far this year 616 fires have burned more than 1.6 million acres in Alaska.
Where there is fire, there is smoke. Due to the current and expected statewide fire activity, anticipate the possibility of varying levels of smoke. Keep informed of local fire information and air quality reports. Wildfire smoke information is available at dec.alaska.gov/air/smokemain, and visit fire.ak.blm.gov for statewide information and a map of the active fires or visit akfireinfo.com.
Updated park information is posted on the park’s website at nps.gov/dena or by calling the park’s information line at 907- 683-2294 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.
National Park Service fire restrictions remain in effect at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve and the Alagnak Wild River, Kenai Fjords National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, and Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.