Tag Archives: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

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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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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Small wildfire near Chisana draws response from State Forestry

The Alaska Division of Forestry has deployed a small squad of firefighters to respond to a 1-acre wildfire approximately 100 miles northeast of Glennallen. The fire, dubbed the Red Hill Fire, was reported by a local resident from the remote community of Chisana at about 5 p.m. on Saturday. The fire is located about 2 […]

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Steamboat Creek Fire continues to make advances; now estimated at 12,000 acres

July 20, 3:30 p.m. – Approximately 50 community members of the McCarthy-Kennecott area attended a public meeting yesterday in McCarthy, where fire officials discussed and answered questions concerning the fire. Both Alaska Division of Forestry and National Park Service fire managers provided information on the current status of the fire, upcoming predicted fire weather, and […]

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Fires in Copper River Basin and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve being monitored closely

July 17, 8 p.m. – In the last week dry weather and lightning storms have caused a series of wildfires across the Copper River Basin and in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Multiple agencies are working to aggressively fight fire safely, as well as manage these fires for their natural benefits. The two fires […]

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Current burning closures and restrictions in Alaska

7:45 p.m. – Here is a complete list of the burning closures and restrictions currently in effect in Alaska on state, private, municipal and federal lands, as of 4 p.m. June 19. Federal lands Possessing or discharging any kind of fireworks or pyrotechnic devise are always prohibited on federal land  All Alaska BLM lands […]

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