BLM Lifts All Fire Closures update, July 15

BLM Lifts All Fire Closures
in the White Mountains National Recreation Area

FAIRBANKS, AK — Recent weather conditions and firefighters’ progress on the Aggie Creek Fire have led the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office to lift all remaining fire closures in the White Mountains National Recreation Area effective at 5 p.m. today. This includes the Nome Creek valley and Wickersham Dome Trailhead and nearby trails and cabins.

The temporary Nome Creek closure resulted from safety concerns over the U.S. Creek Fire, which is still active near the U.S. Creek Road. The fire has not grown significantly in recent weeks but can be expected to produce smoke on days when conditions are windy, hot, or dry. The BLM will continue to monitor the fire daily and will take action should the fire again pose a threat to public safety. The public is encouraged to contact the BLM if they have any concerns or need current information on this fire.

Two other fires, Willow Creek and Mt. Schwatka, are burning within or next to the recreation area but are located far from BLM’s summer roads, trails, and facilities.

Information on statewide wildfires and BLM’s temporary fire restrictions may be found at http://akfireinfo.com.

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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.

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