Lightning sparks new wildfires in central Noatak National Preserve

On June 4, two fires were detected via satellite in Noatak National Preserve. over subsequent days the National Park Service, in coordination with BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), determined there where a total of six lightning-ignited fires burning in the Preserve. 

Fires started on June 4, 2020

Photo of the Nimiuktuk River  fire.
The lightning-caused Nimiuktuk River Fire (#180) is about 1,642 acres and is in monitor status.

Nimiuktuk River Fire (#180) – 1,643 acres, lightning caused fire.  The fire is in monitor status.

Imikneyak Creek Fire (# 182) – 1,043 acres, lightning caused fire.  The fire is in monitor status.

Tumit Creek Fire (#186) – 1,147 acres, lightning caused fire.  The fire is in monitor status.

Fires started on June 5, 2020

  • Photo of the Aklumayuak Creek 2 Fire.
  • Photo of the Kuyak Creek Fire.
  • Map of the Aklumayuak Creek Fire.

Aklumayuak Creek Fire (#188) – 187 acres, lightning caused fire. The fire is in monitor status.

Kuyak Creek Fire (#189) – 424 acres, lightning caused fire. The fire is in monitor status.

Aklumayuak Creek 2 Fire (#191) – 256 acres, lightning caused fire.  The fire is in monitor status.

Due to the remoteness of the fires and distance to any known infrastructure, fire managers will continue to monitor the fires for any further need for action. No growth was detected on these fires since June 7.

Fire in Alaska’s boreal 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. Landowners 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 http://www.nps.gov/noat or by calling the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center at (907)442-3890 or NPS Alaska Western Area Fire Management at (907)683 9549

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Map of fires burning on the Noatak National Preserve on June 10, 2020.
Map of fires burning on the Noatak National Preserve on June 10, 2020.


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