BLM Alaska Fire Service, U.S. Army Alaska to Burn Debris Piles on Military Lands near Delta Junction

March 7, 2017

FAIRBANKS – The U. S. Army Alaska, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, will burn piles of woody debris created in 2013 in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) on the west side of the Delta River approximately five miles southwest of Delta Junction. Burning operations may start as early Saturday, March 11 and will continue, as conditions allow, until March 31.

These piles are made up of a mixture of birch and spruce trees and were created by USARAK personnel to maintain forest health and reduce the chances of large wildfires on military lands.

The piles will be ignited when weather conditions are favorable and winds are predicted to direct the smoke away from populated areas. The BLM AFS and USARAK only conduct prescribed fires when weather conditions and site prescriptions are met and an approved burn plan is in place that includes a burn permit approved by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). The BLM AFS and USARAK are working with the ADEC and the National Weather Service to monitor smoke conditions and air quality during the planning phase to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal policies and regulations governing air quality.

For more information about the prescribed fire on Fort Wainwright lands, contact the BLM AFS dispatch in Fairbanks at (907)356-5554.

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AFS 17-07 RX Burn Piles map

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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