Point Protection Begins on the Chetaslina Fire

COPPER CENTER, AK – Point protection operations on structures near the Chetaslina Fire continue today. Firefighters are positioned at the Tenas Jack, Kuntson and Copper/Cheshnina cabins and at Dadina Lake. Firefighters are working to install hose lay and sprinkler systems around the structures as a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the fire.

The 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 today, 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.

Below is an update for the two fires actively burning in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve:

Chetaslina Fire (#606) – With no acreage change reported today, the current estimated acreage remains at 2,125.

Long Fire (#484) –Fire managers from the Division of Forestry – Valdez-Copper River Area, BLM Alaska Fire Service – South Zone, and the National Park Service continue to monitor this 5-acre fire. Currently, there are no values or resources at risk threatened.

For statewide wildfire information, visit: https://akfireinfo.com/.

For additional information, please contact the Fire Information Center at (208)274-3316 or visit http://www.nps.gov/wrst/index.htm.www.nps.gov/wrst

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