07/20/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/20/2019 16:15
Contact:Margie Steigerwald, 907-822-7251COPPER CENTER, AK- Two lightning-caused fires continue to burn in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The National Park Service is working with the Valdez-Copper River Area Division of Forestry to manage both the Chetaslina Fire (#606) and the Long Fire (#484) which are burning in a Limited Management Option area where fire is allowed to perform its natural, ecological role for the benefit of resources. Fire is a natural and vital process in Alaska ecosystems. Fires help reduce dead vegetation and debris, stimulate new growth and improve habitat for wildlife. The latest updates on the fires burning in the park and preserve are provided below.Chetaslina Fire (#606)- This estimated 1,700-acre fire is burning in a Limited Management Option area approximately 25 miles east from Copper Center. Firefighters from the Valdez-Copper River Area Division of Forestry and National Park Service fire management staff are assessing point protection needs for potential structures and any ecological concerns. Currently, the fire is in monitor status.Long Fire (#484)- This estimated 2.5-acre fire is burning in a Limited Management Option area approximately 20 miles north of Chitina. Firefighters from the Valdez-Copper River Area Division of Forestry and National Park Service fire management staff will monitor the fire. Currently, there are no values or resources at risk threatened.
For statewide wildfire information, visit: https://akfireinfo.com/.
For additional information, please contact the Fire Information Center at (208)274-3316.