Fairbanks Area Forestry to burn hundreds of slash piles near Cripple Creek, Goldstream AK subdivisions

The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) will burn two to three thousand piles of black spruce slash cut in recent years as part of a Fairbanks North Star Borough wildfire mitigation program that created fuel breaks next to the Cripple Creek and Goldstream AK subdivisions west and north of Fairbanks, respectively.

Weather permitting, the DOF’s Fairbanks Area Forestry office will start burning on October 4 and be done by October 29, said fire management officer Gordon Amundson. There are approximately 2,500 to 3,000 slash piles, each about 10 feet around and four feet tall. Local residents may see smoke from the burning.

“Burning the piles now when conditions are cool and wet will reduce chances of any escapement and minimize adverse impacts from smoke,” Amundson said. “This will create fuel breaks that will enhance public safety and wildland fire response by removing large accumulations of flammable vegetation, primarily black spruce.”

A map showing the location of two subdivisions where Fairbanks Area Forestry will be burning slash piles starting Monday, October 4.
A map showing the Cripple Creek and Goldstream AK subdivisions where the Fairbanks Area Forestry office will be burning black spruce slash piles starting on Monday, October 4. Click here for a downloadable PDF of this map,

Completed as part of the 2009 Fairbanks North Star Borough Community Wildfire Protection Plan, the two fuel reduction projects cover 79 acres. The Cripple Creek Subdivision piles are in a 32-acre parcel north of the Parks Highway near Pear Tree Loop, Parks Ridge Road and Spirit Court, and in a 21-acre parcel south of the Parks Highway and west of Violin Circle, Harp Court and Mandolin Circle. The piles in the Goldstream AK Subdivision, near Milepost 4 of Goldstream Road, are in two parcels north of Goldstream Road: one 16-acre parcel north of Clifden and Molly roads, and a 10-acre parcel south of Ballina Road.

Wildland firefighters from the Fairbanks Area Forestry station, the White Mountain Fire Crew and the UAF Nanooks Wildland Fire Crew did the cutting over the last three years. Area Forestry and White Mountain crews will oversee October’s burning program.

Pile burning will follow Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) guidelines. Signs will be posted in the neighborhoods where burning will occur. DOF is working with ADEC and the National Weather Service to forecast and monitor smoke conditions to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal air quality regulations.

CONTACT: Gordon Amundson, (907) 451-2634, gordon.amundson@alaska.gov

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