Chugach National Forest Plans Pile Burns

Contact(s): Alicia King

Anchorage, AK (November 2, 2018) Fire management personnel from the Chugach National Forest will begin prescribed fire implementation on forest lands near Hope, Granite Creek Campground, and Moose Pass. These pile burn operations will begin mid-November and may last through the winter. Pile burning completes hazardous fuels treatment objectives by removing piled slash from the area. Hazardous fuels treatments are planned and implemented to reduce wildfire risk and reduce exposure to fire fighters when managing unplanned ignitions near the wildland urban interface and other values at risk.

Several variables are planned and accounted for when conducting a prescribed fire. Prescribed pile burns are weather-dependent and prior to pile burning weather conditions, fuel conditions, smoke ventilation, and the safety of fire fighters and the public are considered. U.S. Forest Service fire management personnel work with partners such as the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Weather Service in order to assess weather patterns that fall within a prescribed condition minimizing impacts to fire fighters, the public, highway corridors, and residential areas.

Smoke is expected to be visible from the following locations:

  • Seward Highway near Granite Creek Campground (Mile 63-64) to the intersection of Hope Highway
  • South of Hope along Palmer Creek Road
  • Anchorage residents or surrounding areas may also see smoke rising from Hope.
  • Residual smoke may be visible during morning and evening hours in the vicinity of the Seward Highway.

Follow @ChugachForestAK for information regarding this prescribed fire project.

map of Granite Creek pile burn location

palmer creek burn map