Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection (DOF) firefighters are making good progress burning piles of black spruce slash in fuel breaks in the area of Goldstream and Waterford roads. A crew of eight firefighters started last Thursday and, taking advantage of favorable weather, has worked each day since. More than 60 piles, each about 10 feet around and four feet tall, have been burned. Piles are monitored until all of the debris has burned away. Firefighters are utilizing hose lays to have water on hand and to ensure each pile is extinguished. Local residents may see smoke from the burning. Work will continue, weather permitting, into October.
Wildland firefighters from Fairbanks Area Forestry station, and DOF Emergency Firefighters (EFF) are overseeing the prescribed burning. Their priority is to complete pile burning in the Goldstream areas this fall.
The work in the Goldstream Valley is one of two areas completed as part of the 2009 Fairbanks North Star Borough Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The two fuel reduction projects cover 79 acres. The piles in the Goldstream Valley, 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. The Cripple Creek area 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.
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.
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