BLM AFS, U.S. Army Alaska to Conduct Prescribed Burn near Delta Junction

Map of areas where Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) will implement prescribed fires in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA), located approximately five miles south of Delta Junction. Prescribed burning will occur in multiple areas of the DTA for as long as two weeks. Trained personnel will monitor the burn areas during the prescribed fire period until declared out by fire management personnel.

Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) will implement prescribed fires in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA), located approximately five miles south of Delta Junction. Prescribed burning will occur in multiple areas of the DTA for as long as two weeks. Trained personnel will monitor the burn areas during the prescribed fire period until declared out by fire management personnel.

Starting as early as Saturday and as weather and conditions allow, the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) will implement prescribed fires in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA), located approximately five miles south of Delta Junction. Prescribed burning will occur in multiple areas of the DTA for as long as two weeks. Trained personnel will monitor the burn areas during the prescribed fire period until declared out by fire management personnel.

The prescribed fire reduces the potential for a wildfire and eliminates dried grass build up. Removing the dead grass now will reduce fire danger around training targets used during the summer. The result will be green grass that has reduced flammability. Prescribed fires also increase training opportunities in support of military readiness.
Fire will only be ignited when suitable weather conditions exist and air quality requirements can be met. Smoke may be visible from the Delta Junction and Richardson Highway. 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 wildland fire information office at (907) 356-5511, or the Upper Yukon-Tanana Dispatch Center at (907) 356-5554.
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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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