The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Glennallen Field Office today issued a fire prevention order temporarily prohibiting open fires (except within fire rings in established campgrounds), fireworks, exploding targets, and explosives on the public lands it manages in east-central Alaska. The order goes into effect today at 2 p.m. and will last until August 12 or until fire conditions improve and the order is rescinded.
Established BLM campgrounds, where open fires are still permitted in existing fire rings, include Sourdough Creek, Paxson Lake, Tangle Lakes, Brushkana Creek campgrounds, and the Delta Wild and Scenic River and Clearwater Creek waysides. The fire prevention order does not prohibit the use of camp stoves, gas barbeques or grills, or charcoal briquette fires in non-disposable metal barbeques designed for cooking on BLM-managed public lands. All fires must be maintained and always attended until fully extinguished.
The recent hot, dry weather in Interior Alaska has resulted in very high fire danger conditions which are expected to continue into the foreseeable future.
Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to follow the fire prohibitions and to exercise extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire.
Information on statewide wildfires and BLM’s temporary fire restrictions may be found at https://akfireinfo.com/.