As weather conditions allow, the U.S. Army Alaska, with the assistance of the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, will conduct multiple prescribed burns on military land approximately five miles south of Delta Junction starting this weekend. Ignition on the Jarvis Creek Project Area section could begin as early as Saturday and may continue through to June 5 as weather conditions permit. People driving the Richardson and Alaska highways may see or smell smoke, but it is not expected to linger. Fires will only be ignited when suitable weather conditions exist and air quality will not be affected.
Burning already occurred on Wills Small Arms Complex and Bolio Lake Project Areas March 12-13 and in the Jarvis Creek Area March 26-27 with a total of roughly 215 acres burned in an effort to cut down on the potential for wildfire and eliminate dried grass build up. Removing the grass now will reduce fire danger during the summer months. The prescribed fires also help to increase training opportunities in support for military soldiers in support of military readiness.
U.S. Army Alaska, BLM Alaska Fire Service and Fort Wainwright Fire Department personnel will be on site for the ignitions.
For more information contact the Alaska Fire Service Public Affairs Office at (907)356-5511, or the Upper Yukon-Tanana Dispatch Center at (907)356-5554.