BLM AFS, USARAK to conduct prescribed burn near Delta Junction

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will implement prescribed fires in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) east of the Delta River three to 15 miles south of Delta Junction and west of the Delta River about 15 miles southwest of Delta Junction. Prescribed burning will begin as early as March 27 and may continue through April 30 as weather conditions allow.

The prescribed fires will remove dead grass to decrease fire danger around military training targets used during the summer. Fires will be ignited only when favorable weather conditions are present and forecast. An approved burn plan is in place that includes authorization from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) Division of Air Quality. Smoke may be visible during burning operations from Delta Junction, the Richardson Highway, the Alaska Highway, and from within the Donnelly Training Area. The BLM AFS and USARAK are working with ADEC and the National Weather Service to monitor smoke conditions and to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations governing air quality. Trained personnel will monitor the prescribed fire areas until declaring the fires out.

For more information contact Fire Information at (907) 356-5511, or the Upper Yukon-Tanana Dispatch Center at (907) 356-5554.

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Map of areas for plan prescribed fire operations in the Donnelly Training Area.

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service will assist the US Army Alaska in conducting multiple prescribed burns in the Donnelly Training Area. Ignitions on the Wills, Bolio, and Jarvis Project Areas, which are east of the Delta River and three to fifteen miles south of Delta Junction, are tentatively planned to begin as early as Wednesday, March 27 and may continue through Tuesday, April 30 as weather conditions permit. Ignitions on the Oklahoma Range, which is west of the Delta River and approximately fifteen miles southwest of Delta Junction, are tentatively planned to begin as early as Wednesday, April 3rd and may also continue through Tuesday, April 30th as weather conditions permit. Click here DTA_2019_IgnitionUnits_ProjAreas_PIO for 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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