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Photo of the Nimiuktuk River fire.

Lightning sparks new wildfires in central Noatak National Preserve

On June 4, two fires were detected via satellite in Noatak National Preserve. over subsequent days the National Park Service, in coordination with BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), determined there where a total of six lightning-ignited fires burning in the Preserve.  Fires started on June 4, 2020 Nimiuktuk River Fire (#180) – 1,643 acres, […]

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Photo of the Trout Fire near Eagle.

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve has its first wildfire of the 2020 season

On Friday, May 22 the Alaska Division of Forestry office in Tok contacted the BLM Alaska Fire Service (AFS) Dispatch with a pilot’s report of new smoke in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. AFS conducted a reconnaissance that day and confirmed the Trout Creek Fire (#098) was approximately 150 acres with a 30% active perimeter. AFS […]

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Final Update for Chetaslina and Long Fires

COPPER CENTER, AK – With the increase of precipitation received over the Chetaslina and Long fires in the past several days, fire activity continues to be minimal. Fire personnel will continue to monitor these fires and will conduct another reconnaissance flight in several days once the fuels have an opportunity to dry out. Fire activity […]

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Chetaslina and Long Fire Update: Why Monitor Fires?

COPPER CENTER, AK – The local area has received rainfall over the last few days allowing Wrangell-St. Elias to lift the campfire restrictions in the park and preserve. The use of gas grills and barbeques at campsites are allowed. Fire activity on the monitored Chetaslina (#606) and Long (#484) fires remain minimal. Ninety-one percent of Alaska […]

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Burned area shows black with green vegetation surrounding.

Chetaslina and Long Fire Update: No Growth Observed on Fires

COPPER CENTER, AK – No growth was observed on the Chetaslina (#606) or Long (#484) fires with minimal if any smoke.  Minimal rain was measured in the area on Saturday with additional rain expected for today. National Park Service Fire Management staff in Alaska manage large and long-duration fires by balancing the risks and benefits […]

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Minimal smoke rises from the Chetaslina Fire (#606) with green vegetation surrounding and the mountain range in the background.

Chetaslina and Long Fire Update: Rain and Cloud Cover Continue to Dampen Monitored Fires

COPPER CENTER, AK – The monitored fires in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve continue to burn in the duff soil layer of the forest floor. Duff is a soil type made of dead plant material including conifer needles, moss, leaves, bark, twigs and tree litter. The Chetaslina Fire (#606) and Long Fire (#484) are […]

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Little puffs of smoke rising from trees

Fire Restrictions Lifted; Public Still Asked to Maintain Vigilance

COPPER CENTER, AK –Based on current and predicted fire activity, the Alaska Multi-Agency Coordination Group decided to lower the Alaska Preparedness Level from 5, the highest, to 4 yesterday. This is due to a decrease in statewide fire activity. Cloud cover and heavy rains have moved into the area and are expected to moderate fire […]

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Rain Quiets Fires, Temporarily

COPPER CENTER, AK – Both the Chetaslina (#606) and Long (#484) fires received precipitation over the night moderating fire behavior. More rain is forecast for Thursday, but it will likely not be enough precipitation to put out the fires. The Chetaslina and Long fires are burning deep into the ground, two to three feet in […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone Sees Increase In Fire Activity

Several fires throughout the eastern Interior are showing extreme fire behavior with the warm temperatures and very dry fuels. Fires are growing in size and persist in spreading smoke across the region. The Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone, which covers the eastern interior, continues to experience above normal fire conditions and resources to respond to […]

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Current fire and fireworks restrictions to help you have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July

Campfire restrictions Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai Peninsula State Parks, and Chugach National Forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Open campfires are restricted to designated campgrounds or cabins within enclosed metal fire grates or designated fire rings provided. Use of cooking stoves and gas grills […]

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