BLM issues fire prohibition for public lands near Gilmore Trail

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – For the second year in a row, the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office issued a Fire Prevention Order yesterday prohibiting campfires, explosives and fireworks on BLM-managed public lands in a fire-prone area of black spruce off Gilmore Trail north of Fairbanks.

In recent years, firefighters and law enforcement personnel have found numerous unattended bonfires in the area, leading to concerns that an escaped fire could threaten local residences as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility on Gilmore Creek.

Map of fire closure area near Gilmore Trail north of Fairbanks.

Map of fire closure area near Gilmore Trail north of Fairbanks.

The fire prevention order will end Oct. 31 unless it’s rescinded as determined by conditions and human activity.

The continued need for the Fire Prevention Order will be revisited at the end of the fire season. BLM is also evaluating more long-term options for reducing wildfire hazards on federal lands in the area.

For more information, contact Fire Management Specialist Tom St. Clair at (907)474-2226 or tstclair@blm.gov.

Click on this link NOAA_fire_closure_map_31MAY2017 for a map of the closure area and this link  NOAA_Fire_Prevention_Order5302017 for a copy of the fire prevention order issued on May 31, 2017.

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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