The Contact Creek Fire (#151) burning 40 miles southeast of King Salmon is being monitored by National Park Service and DOF personnel as it burns in a limited area in Katmai National Park & Preserve. The suspected cause is lightning. The fire is burning twenty miles from the nearest native allotment. A Remote Automated Weather System (RAWS) is approximately 1.5 miles from the fire. NPS personnel wrapped this structure to reduce any fire impacts.
Residents in Southwest Alaska may see smoke in the King Salmon area due to this fire. Regular aerial surveillance will occur and updates will be added to the top of this post as new details or images become available.
The Division of Forestry works closely with federal, state, and local emergency response agencies as well as private industry vendors to provide wildland fire management and protection for the State of Alaska.