6 13-13 smoke in yukon training area 13-07

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6 13-13 smoke in yukon training area 13-07

  1. 1. News ReleaseBLM Alaska Fire Service, Public Affairs Office1541 Gaffney Road, Fairbanks, AK 99703-0005Tel: 907-356-5600 Fax: 907-356-5517www.fire.ak.blm.gov/afs/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News Release No. 13-07Contact: Mel Slater, 907-356-5511, mslater@blm.gov Date: 06/13/13Smoke visible within the Yukon Training AreaFAIRBANKS -- The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service and the U.S.Army Garrison-Alaska reports that decomposing wood chips and organic debris that hasaccumulated over several years is burning within the Yukon Training Area.Removal of these chips and organic mat will help increase the establishment of annualgrasses that sustain short term prescribed fire implementation and monitoring.Smoke may be visible from Eielson AFB, Two Rivers, North Pole, Salcha area andAlaska Hwy 2. The smoke generated from this process may last throughout the summer.For more information contact the Public Affairs Office at 356-5511.# # #The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildlandfire suppression services for over 240 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands inAlaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy;oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advancedcommunication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a NationalIncident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppressionservices for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of NaturalResources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, andthe U.S. Military in Alaska.

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