FAIRBANKS, Alaska June 1, 2017 – For the second year in a row, the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office issued a Fire Prevention Order yesterday prohibiting campfires, explosives and fireworks on BLM-managed public lands in a fire-prone area of black spruce off Gilmore Trail north of Fairbanks.
In recent years, firefighters and law enforcement personnel have found numerous unattended bonfires in the area, leading to concerns that an escaped fire could threaten local residences as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility on Gilmore Creek.
The fire prevention order will end Oct. 31 unless it’s rescinded as determined by conditions and human activity.
The continued need for the Fire Prevention Order will be revisited at the end of the fire season. BLM is also evaluating more long-term options for reducing wildfire hazards on federal lands in the area.