Open Fire Ban Lifted Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve News Release
July 9, 2015
Copper Center, Alaska – Effective immediately, open fires are allowed by park regulations on all Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve lands.
The term 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.
Rain and generally wet weather over the past several days in combination with forecast conditions is allowing the ban to be lifted. Visitors and commercial operators should still use extreme caution regarding open fire use as underlying fuels may still be dry and subject to rapid burning.
Conditions can change rapidly, so wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed of fire danger and conditions. We all have a hand in a safe fire season. Visitors and residents are asked to assist fire managers by closely monitoring any and all open fires, keeping them as small as possible and ensuring they are “dead out.” Fireworks are prohibited on park lands.
For statewide fire information visit: www.akfireinfo.com or www.fire.ak.blm.gov. Updated park information is posted on the web at; www.np s.gov/wrst. Information can also be obtained by calling park headquarters at (907) – 822-5234.