BLM AFS and USARAK to Conduct Prescribed Burn in Oklahoma Impact Area

Map of Oklahoma Impact Area near Delta Junction.

Map of Oklahoma Impact Area near Delta Junction.  Click here (DTAW_Oklahoma_2018) for a PDF version of this map.

Starting as early as Sunday, the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) and U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) will implement prescribed fires in the Oklahoma Impact Area, located approximately 15 miles southwest of Delta Junction. As weather conditions allow, prescribed burning may continue through May 31. Trained personnel will monitor the burn areas throughout the prescribed fire period until declaring the fires out.

The prescribed fire operation will remove dead grass on training ranges for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. Removing the dead grass now will decrease fire danger around military training targets used during the summer. The result will be green grass that has reduced flammability.

Fires will be ignited only when favorable weather conditions are present. An approved burn plan is in place and includes authorization from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). Smoke may be visible from Delta Junction and the Richardson Highway. The BLM AFS and USARAK are working with ADEC and the National Weather Service to monitor smoke conditions during the planning phase to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal policies and regulations governing air quality. These prescribed fires fall well outside the Fairbanks North Star Borough air quality control program’s nonattainment area and time frame.

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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