Community Information Meeting on Chetaslina and Long Fires set for July 22

COPPER CENTER, AK – Valdez-Copper River Area Forestry and the National Park Service will host a fire information community meeting at the Kenny Lake Community Hall at 7 pm on Monday July 22, 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the Chetaslina Fire (#606) and the Long Fire (#484) currently burning in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.  

Agency representatives will discuss the size, location, status, and management of the two lightning-caused fires. This is an informational meeting where the public is welcome to learn more about fire management, the ecological benefits of fire and to share any questions, observations or concerns about the fires.

The Chetaslina Fire, first reported on July 17, has grown to 2,125 acres. The Long Fire, first reported on July 10, is estimated at 5 acres. These fires are in a Limited Management Option area, where fire is allowed to play its natural and ecological role in Alaska’s boreal forest. Both fires continue to be monitored and managed by fire managers from the Division of Forestry – Valdez-Copper River Area, BLM Alaska Fire Service – South Zone, and the National Park Service.

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