The Contact Creek Fire (#151) burning 40 miles southeast of King Salmon is being monitored by National Park Service and DOF personnel as it burns in a limited area of Katmai National Park and Preserve. The suspected cause is lightning. The fire burns twenty miles from the nearest native settlement. A Remote Automated Weather System (RAWS) is about 1.5 miles from the fire. NPS personnel have this station with a structural shroud to reduce fire impacts should they reach it.
Residents of Southwest Alaska may see smoke in the King Salmon area from this fire. Regular aerial surveillance will take place and updates will be added to the top of this article as new details or images become available.
The Forestry Division works closely with federal, state, and local emergency response agencies as well as private industry vendors to provide wildfire management and protection for the State of l ‘Alaska.
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