The Haystack Fire (#196) is a lightning-caused fire burning in the Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed, managed by the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The watershed is closed to public access, reserving the area for research on climate, hydrology, permafrost, and ecology. In 1999 the FROSTFIRE research project implemented a prescribed burn in this watershed. That fire, considered the most thoroughly documented prescribed fire in history according to research on the subject, helped stop the Haystack Fire’s spread to the northeast by removing black spruce in that area. Researchers will continue to conduct studies in this watershed, examining the effects of the recent wildfire on components of the ecosystem. Access to the area will remain restricted to maintain the integrity of these important studies. More information is available on the Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed website.