BLM AFS and U.S. Army Alaska Conduct Prescribed Burn in Yukon Training Area

Oct. 13, 2016
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Starting as early as Sunday, Oct. 16, the BLM Alaska Fire Service and U.S. Army Alaska will implement a prescribed fire in the Yukon Training Area, located approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks. No burning will be conducted after Oct. 31 to comply with Fairbanks North Star Borough open burning regulations.

The prescribed fire reduces the potential for a wildland fire and eliminates black spruce within the Stuart Creek Impact Area. Removing the black spruce now will reduce fire danger around training targets used during the summer and creates barriers that could contain an incidental fire. The prescribed fires increase training opportunities in support of military readiness.

Trained personnel will monitor the burn areas during the prescribed fire period until declared out by fire management personnel.
 Fire will only be ignited when suitable weather conditions exist and air quality will not be affected. Smoke may be visible from the Chena Hot Springs Road, Richardson Highway and adjacent communities. Diligent coordination with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Weather Service will be ongoing during the prescribed fire period.

 For more information contact the BLM Alaska Fire Service Public Affairs Office at (907)356-5511, or the Upper Yukon-Tanana Dispatch Center at (907)356-5554.

 

About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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