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First wildfire of the season registered in Denali National Park and Preserve – Alaska wildfire information

Home AK Fire Info First wildfire of the season discovered in Denali National Park and Preserve

DENALI PARK, Alaska – The Foraker Fire (#199) was discovered by remote sensing on June 21, 2024. It burned in Denali National Park and Preserve in the Foraker River basin, which is located on the south side of the Alaska Range. It is currently estimated to be 2 acres in area, burning in black spruce and tundra, and is believed to be caused by lightning.

The Foraker Fire is burning in an area with limited firefighting capabilities to maintain natural ecological processes. The BLM Alaska Fire Service will monitor the fire and take point protection actions as needed. There are currently no assets identified for protection. The safety of the public and firefighters remains the highest priority in all firefighting activities.

Wildfires in Alaska are increasing as several waves of thunderstorms with high lightning activity move across the state. Park visitors may be exposed to wildfire smoke during their visit. Air quality alerts for Denali are issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) and posted throughout the park when appropriate. For more information about wildfire smoke, health risks, and steps to reduce smoke exposure, visit the Alaska Division of Air Quality website:

On average, human-caused wildfires account for 87 percent of annual wildfires nationwide. The public plays an important role in preventing wildfires. Check local fire regulations and take extra precautions before venturing into the outdoors. Learn about the National Park Service's fire regulations in Alaska, which include open burning, at DEC Alaska Fire Restrictions.

The Foraker Fire in Denali National Park and Preserve. Photo by Rusty Brand, NPS.

‹ Thousands of lightning strikes were recorded in southwest Alaska on Sunday, which could lead to new fires

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Tags: Alaska fire season 2024, Alaska fire season 2024

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