The BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will implement prescribed fires in the Yukon Training Area (YTA) located between 5-25 miles east of North Pole. Prescribed burning will begin as early as April 7 and may continue through May 31 as weather conditions allow. Smoke may be visible during burning operations from the Chena Hot Springs Road, the Richardson Highway in the vicinity of Eielson Air Force Base, and adjacent communities.
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. Approved burn plans are in place that include authorization from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) Division of Air Quality. 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 the AFS Public Affairs Office at (907) 356-5511 or the Upper Yukon-Tanana Dispatch Center at (907) 356-5555.
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