BLM rescinds campfire restrictions for Southcentral and Interior Alaska

ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lifted its campfire ban yesterday on all Southcentral and Interior Alaska BLM-managed public lands in response to recent rain and cooler temperatures that significantly reduce the risk of wildfires. A fire prevention order banning all open fires was issued by BLM Alaska July 12 in response to extreme fire danger throughout in many areas of the state.

Still in effect, however, is a May a fire prevention order prohibiting campfires, explosives and fireworks on federal lands in a fire-prone area of black spruce off of Gilmore Trail north of Fairbanks and north of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility site on the Steese Highway. Restrictions in these areas remain in effect until Oct. 31, 2019, unless otherwise rescinded by the BLM Eastern Interior Field Office.

Campfires are never allowed on the BLM Campbell Tract within the Municipality of Anchorage.

Even with the moderated fire behavior, wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents keep themselves and others safe by exercising extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. Fire season is not yet over in Alaska. There are approximately 256 active fires in Alaska, 19 of which are still staffed by firefighting personnel. Approximately 608 fires have burned an estimated 2.2 million acres this year.

Information on statewide wildfires can be found at akfireinfo.com or by contacting the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (907) 356-5511.

Click here for the Statewide-Campfire-Ban-Recension-Order.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.

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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