First new NPS, AK wildfire of 2019 ignited by lightning in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

EAGLE, Alaska: On Monday, June 10 a National Park Service ranger/pilot overflying the Preserve confirmed a new lightning-caused fire start in the Weshrinarin Creek drainage south of the Yukon River and 6.6 miles east of the Charley River. The newly named Yukon Charley Fire (#217) is being managed for resource benefits and other objectives as it is currently not threatening cabins or other resources.

There is moderate potential for fire growth in the coming weeks. Fire managers will continue to monitor the fire while developing plans should it become necessary to protect a private inholding located on the Yukon River across from Biederman Bluff that is currently 3.3 miles from the fire. The historic Slaven’s Roadhouse is about 10 miles west of the fire.

Several smokes rise above coniferous and hardwood trees.

A closer view of the Yukon Charley Fire (#217) burn area. NPS photo/N. Thompson.

Fire in Alaska’s forest is an essential process that restores ecosystem health and helps maintain species diversity. The National Park Service works with its interagency partners, neighboring communities, and other stakeholders to balance the risks and benefits of wildland fire when making decisions on fire management.  Land owners can decrease the risk to their property by taking steps to make cabins and other structures more defensible against wildfire.

Additional information on the Preserve is available at or by calling the Eagle Visitor Center between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at (907) 547-2233.

Categories: AK Fire Info, Alaska NPS

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