BLM AFS, USARAK to conduct prescribed burn near Fairbanks, Eielson AFB

(FAIRBANKS) – Starting as early as Saturday and as weather and conditions allow, the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) will implement a prescribed fire on Fort Wainwright immediately east of Fairbanks and the Yukon Training Area, approximately 20 miles east of Fairbanks near Eielson Air Force Base. Ignitions will occur on the Small Arms Complex outside Fairbanks and the Moose creek Project Area near Eielson as early as Saturday and may continue through to May 15 as weather conditions permit. 

The prescribed fire reduces the potential for a wildfire and eliminates dried grass build up. Removing the grass now will reduce fire danger around training targets used during the summer which create barriers that could contain an incidental fire. The prescribed fires also 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 Alaska Fire Service Public Affairs Office at (907) 356-5511, or the Upper Yukon-Tanana Dispatch Center at (907) 356-5554.Map of areas in prescribed burn schedule to start as early as Saturday.

Areas that will be a part of the prescribed burns are outlined in purple.

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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