BLM AFS, USARAK to Burn Debris Piles on Fort Wainwright

Map of area with area with the woody debris piles slated for burning outlined in green.

The wood cutting area where BLM AFS personnel will be burning debris piles starting on Saturday is outlined in green. Click this link for a PDF version of this map: AFS 18-06_RX_Piles_Map

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska, will burn debris piles in a wood cutting area on Fort Wainwright’s main post starting as early as Saturday, May 5. As conditions allow, burning may continue through May 31. Trained personnel will monitor the burn areas throughout the prescribed fire period until declaring the fires out.

There are more than 300 debris piles made up of unusable limbs and branches left over from years of wood cutting in an area off of River Road on the north side of the Chena River. These piles were created by BLM AFS hand crews to clean up the area and reduce the chances of large wildfires on Fort Wainwright.

The piles will be ignited when weather conditions are favorable and winds are predicted to direct the smoke away from populated areas. Smoke may be visible during burning operations from within Fort Wainwright. The BLM AFS and USARAK only conduct prescribed fires when weather conditions and site prescriptions are met and an approved burn plan is in place that includes a burn permit approved by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). The BLM AFS and USARAK are working with the ADEC and the National Weather Service to monitor smoke conditions and air quality 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 time frame.

For more information about the prescribed fire on Fort Wainwright lands, contact the BLM AFS dispatch in Fairbanks at (907)356-5554.

Map of area with area with the woody debris piles slated for burning outlined in green.

The wood cutting area where BLM AFS personnel will be burning debris piles starting on Saturday is outlined in green. Click here for a PDF version of the map TA108_piles_2018_AnsiA_lscp

 

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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