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.