Seward Area Prescribed Pile Burning Planned

Anchorage, AK (March 1, 2018) Chugach National Forest fire management staff plan to begin prescribed fire activities on forest lands near Devils Pass trailhead in early March. Prescribed burning will focus on slash piles created during recent wildlife habitat and fuel reduction mitigation efforts. The area planned for burning is 80 acres.

The burning is part of the Chugach National Forest Devils Pass area vegetation management project that enhances wildlife habitat by creating moose browse and reduces fuels from recent spruce bark beetle activity. Burning of the remaining slash piles is needed to reduce the risk and probability of potential wildfires and reduce the severity if a wildfire were to occur.

Prescribed burns are weather-dependent and prior to pile burning, Forest Service personnel will work with Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Weather Service to assess that weather patterns that will allow smoke to disperse away from populated areas and minimize the amount of smoke on the highway.  Smoke is expected to be visible from the following locations:


  • Seward Highway near Summit Lake to the intersection of the Seward/Sterling Highways.
  • East of Cooper Landing on the Sterling Highway between Mile Markers 40-42 near the Quartz creek bridge.

There may be some residual smoke in the mornings or late evenings along the Seward Highway.

Follow @ChugachForestAK for current pile burning and smoke information.


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