For Immediate Release
July 10, 2015
Contact: Craig McCaa, 907-474-2231
News Release No. AK15-29
FAIRBANKS, AK — Recent weather conditions have led the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office to reopen the Nome Creek valley in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, effective at noon today. This area includes the Mt. Prindle and Ophir Creek campgrounds, Nome Creek Road, Table Top Mountain and Quartz Creek trails, and the put-in for Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River. The western portion of the White Mountains (Wickersham Dome area) remains closed due to the Aggie Creek Fire.
The temporary Nome Creek closure resulted from safety concerns over the U.S. Creek Fire. That fire has been dormant since the area experienced cooler temperatures and rain this week. Should fire behavior intensify due to hotter and drier weather, the BLM may need to close the area again. High fire danger remains a concern in the White Mountains and elsewhere in Interior Alaska; the public is encouraged to be extremely cautious with campfires or any activity that could spark a wildland fire. Backcountry travelers should carry some form of communication so they can keep informed about current fire conditions and travel restrictions.
Information on statewide wildfires and BLM’s temporary fire restrictions may be found at http://akfireinfo.com.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.