Prescribed Burns Planned for Delta Junction State Bison Range

The prescribed burns planned for the Delta Junction State Bison Range are expected to begin on Saturday, April 22. Weather and wind conditions will be monitored, along with the moisture in the grass fields. Two weather stations at the respective field complexes help managers determine when to ignite the fields. Also, through close coordination with the Department of Environmental Conservation, managers ensure that smoke transport is sufficient to alleviate health concerns in the area. Firefighters and engine companies will be on site to implement the prescribed fires. This map shows the relationship between the field complexes and the surrounding farms and community of Delta Junction: 2-DJBR_Project_Map

Prescribed burns planned for the Delta Junction State Bison Range this spring aim to improve habitat for wildlife large and small. Wildlife ranging from three-quarter ton plains bison to chicken-size sharp-tailed grouse will benefit from the controlled burns to be conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Division of Forestry in two large fields east of Delta Junction. The burns are scheduled for the Gerstle and Panoramic fields immediately after they are snow free. Burning will be based on weather conditions and availability of Forestry staff to monitor the fire. While this spring’s prescribed burns on approximately 3,600 acres will benefit a variety of species, they will most importantly restore land being lost to succession and becoming less attractive to bison.

This prescribed burn will take place 1/2 mile south of the Alaska Highway between MP 1393 and 1408. Fire fighters from the Division of Forestry and possibly from BLM Alaska Fire Service will be on staff for the operation. There may be smoke on the highway; signs will be posted to caution traffic.

Updates to the burn schedule will be posted here at akfireinfo.com. Contact Sue Rodman for more information at sue.rodman@alaska.gov or (907) 317-7236.

ADF&G published this release to share more information about the burns. NR_Delta Burn_4-5-17

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