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.