FAIRBANKS, Alaska: Effective immediately, open fires may be built as allowed by park regulations on all Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve lands.
Rain and generally wet weather over the past several days, in combination with forecasted conditions, is allowing the fire ban to be lifted. But conditions can change rapidly, so wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed on current conditions and potential fire danger.
While campfires are now allowed in the preserve, wind and warm temperatures can quickly dry vegetation and increase the fire danger potential. Visitors are reminded to be careful with any open flame. Visitors are also encouraged to build their campfires on beaches or gravel bars where water and ice will wash evidence away.
Fireworks are always prohibited on National Park Service lands.
Fire activity on the 252 acre lightning-ignited Trout Fire at Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve has declined significantly, with minimal smoldering observed. The National Park Service and the Alaska Fire Service fire staff are monitoring the fire as it takes its natural course in the shrub tundra.
Additional park information can be obtained at the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center by calling (907) 459-3730 between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily, or by visiting the website at http://www.nps.gov/yuch.
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 and Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.