BLM AFS, USARAK to burn debris piles on military lands

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will burn piles of woody debris on the Fort Wainwright Main Post and the Yukon Training Area east of Fairbanks. Burning operations will start as early as Thursday, Sept. 27 and may continue, as conditions allow, until Oct. 31.

The piles targeted for burning on the Fort Wainwright Main Post are located between the Chena River and Birch Hill. The piles in the Yukon Training Area are scattered throughout an area north and east of Eielson Air Force Base. Hand crews from the BLM AFS and Fort Wainwright Department of Public Works created these piles over the past few summers as part of several hazardous fuels reduction projects conducted to reduce the risk of wildfire on military lands.

The piles will be ignited when weather conditions will minimize the impact of smoke on populated areas in accordance with open burn approvals issued 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 to ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations governing air quality.

For more information about the prescribed fires on Fort Wainwright lands, contact the BLM AFS Dispatch Center in Fairbanks at (907) 356-5555 or BLM AFS Public Information Specialist Beth Ipsen at eipsen@blm.gov or (907)388-2159.

Map of burn piles that are targeted for burning sometime between Sept. 27 and Oct. 31, 2018.

Map of burn piles that are targeted for burning sometime between Sept. 27 and Oct. 31, 2018. Click on AFS_18-10_RX_pileMAP for a PDF version of map.

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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