Prescribed burns planned in Fairbanks area to reduce wildfire hazards
(Fairbanks, AK) – Starting next week, firefighters from Fairbanks Area Forestry plan to burn debris piles at several locations around the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) where black spruce has been cut in continuation of a multi-year, cooperative Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). Debris burning will occur at the following locations:
- North Pole, near Repp Rd. and Hollowell Rd.
- The Salcha River Drainage, southeast of Harding Lake
- Chatanika Drainage
- Bear’s Den Subdivision
- Vault Subdivision
- Himalaya Road
- South Fork of the Chena River, near mile post 13 on Chena Hot Springs Road
Prescribed burning is weather dependent; forecasts are monitored so that burning occurs under conditions that direct smoke away from populated areas. No burning will happen when there is potential for fog or an inversion. The project window for pile burning begins the first week of September and will continue as weather conditions allow.
The 2011 Moose Mountain and Hastings, 2009 Hard Luck Creek and Brock Road, and 2004 Boundary fires all serve as reminders of the danger that wildfire can pose in close proximity to a community. In Alaska, individual property owners and communities are encouraged to reduce risk prior to emergency situations. The CWPP is a collaborative effort between the FNSB and Forestry that identifies populated areas within the FNSB that are at highest risk for wildfire. The mitigation efforts include the removal of flammable black spruce in ways that promote regeneration of tree species and shrubs that are less prone to fire spread. Fuel breaks also serve as points from which firefighters can launch suppression efforts in response to wildland fires.
For more information about the project contact Forestry at 451-2601. Firewood information is online for Forestry at http://forestry.alaska.gov/wood/firewood.htm and FNSB at http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/landmanagement/default.htm.