Foraker Fire in Denali nears 10,000 acres
The Foraker Fire is currently burning in the northwest corner of Denali National Park and Preserve at 9,894 acres, according to a release from the National Park Service Thursday.
Some rain in the area and cooler temperatures this week helped reduce fire activity, but hotter temperatures and dry weather expected over the holiday weekend will likely increase the fire again.
NPS says the fire was started on June 26 by a lightning strike that ignited trees in Denali National Park and Preserve roughly 24 miles west of Wonder Lake.
Lightning-caused wildfires are natural occurrences in the northwest area of the park where there are multiple fires each year, the release states.
Three people with the Department of Agriculture Forest Service Salmon Heli Rappellers from Salmon, Idaho, have taken command of the blaze. NPS firefighters are helping install sprinklers and pumps to protect nearby structures.
Park service personnel urge people visiting Denali to be aware of the fire danger concerns and use caution with campfires, stoves and grills.
More information about wildfire smoke visibility or particulate matter can be found at smoke.alaska.edu. Here's an animation that predicts smoke particulate levels over the next 72 hours.
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