Smoke may be visible from the Richardson Highway directly east of Fairbanks while the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), implement a prescribed fire plan for the Small Arms Complex between the Fort Wainwright Main Post and the Tanana River starting this week. Prescribed burning will begin as early as Thursday and may continue through May 31 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 forecasted. 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.