BLM AFS, USARAK to conduct prescribed burn east of Fairbanks

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.

Map of Fort Wainwright Small Arms Complex where BLM Alaska Fire Service and U.S. Army Alaska will implement a prescribed burn plan starting as early as April 18, 2018,

Map of Fort Wainwright Small Arms Complex where the BLM Alaska Fire Service and U.S. Army Alaska will implement a prescribed burn plan starting as early as April 18, 2018. Click on link for PDF version of map FWAMP_SAC_2019_ProjArea_PIO.

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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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