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Prescribed burn planned for Creamer’s Field

Locations for prescribed burn at Creamer’s Field

Locations for prescribed burn at Creamer’s Field

PHOTO: Courtesy of Alaska Division of Forestry

Fairbanks, AK – The Alaska Division of Forestry will be conducting a prescribed burn on Wednesday, May 29, at the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge on behalf of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. 

Weather conditions on May 29  will ultimately determine if the burn will be conducted on that day, or if personnel will wait for a day that is more conducive. Smoke will be visible in Fairbanks, but the project will be conducted in a manner to minimize smoke impacts on the public. The project involves specific portions of the refuge (see rough perimeters on map in red), totaling roughly 25 acres. Recreational opportunities in the refuge will still be possible during the burn.

The 1,800-acre refuge is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and compatible public uses, including wildlife viewing, research, nature education, and other forms of non-motorized recreation. Burning the dead grass will enhance wildlife habitat and reduce the potential for uncontrolled wildfires. 

 

For more information about the project, contact Fairbanks Area Forestry- Ed Sanford, 451-2634, or Gordon Amundson, 451-2636. For information about Creamer’s Field, contact Cathie Harms with the Department of Fish and Game at, 459-7231.

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