BLM AFS, USARAK to conduct prescribed burn near North Pole

A firefighter uses a drip torch to light a prescribed burn within the Digital Multipurpose Training Range (DMPTR) in 2017 file photo.

A firefighter uses a drip torch to light a prescribed burn within the Digital Multipurpose Training Range (DMPTR) in this 2017 file photo.

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.

Map of Yukon Training Area where prescribed burn operations will take place starting as early as Sunday, April 10, 2019.

Map of Yukon Training Area where prescribed burn operations will take place starting as early as Sunday, April 10, 2019. Click on link YTA_2019_MAP for a PDF version of the map.

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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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