Dry Conditions Fuel Unplanned Wildfire
Anchorage, AK—August 13, 2019 —The Chugach National Forest fire danger status is very high over most the forest. Over the weekend a fire (Trail Lake Fire) broke out at mile marker 27 of the Seward Highway on Kenai Peninsula borough land. Firefighters from University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Nanook Firefighting Crew, were called to assist. Smoke jumpers were engaged and a 20 person fire crew is mopping up, utilizing water and hand tools to extinguish any remaining heat sources. The low smoke fire was approximately three acres in size and is now contained.
Ninety-nine percent of all wildland fires on that occur on the Chugach National Forest are caused by humans. Everyone plays a role in preventing human-caused fires. Campfires left unattended could potentially result in an unplanned wild fire ignition which could threaten public safety and fire fighters. Extinguish all campfires completely before leaving the area - fires should never be left unattended.
Please use these guidelines to extinguish campfires:
- Allow the campfire to completely burn to ash, if possible
- Drown all embers, using lots of water, until the fire no longer hisses
- Stir the ash and water with a shovel, stick, or other tool
- Scrape any remaining logs to remove possible embers
- Make sure everything is cold to the touch
- If water is not available, mix sand or wet dirt into the fire pit
- Do not bury the fire - it will continue to smolder and may ignite roots and duff below the surfaceCurrent Fire Danger level and fire restrictions can be found on the Chugach National Forest website. To report a wildland fire in Alaska call 1-800-237-3633.#The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities and approximately 66 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System. The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 900 million forested acres within the U.S., of which over 130 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.)“USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.”