Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The 2nd Annual Wilderness Explorers Day Cruise

A group of people are gathered in the bow of the cruise ship, looking and smiling at the camera.

This Memorial Day weekend, the Chugach Children’s Forest, Alaska Geographic, and Wounded Warrior Project joined the Chugach National Forest for the 2nd Annual Wilderness Explorers Day Cruise on an amazing trip to Prince William Sound to see the Chugach National Forest's breathtaking Blackstone Bay!

On this cruise, participants experienced the health benefits and restorative effects of spending time in Alaska’s wild outdoors! Speakers from the Bureau of Land Management - Alaska, USFWS Alaska, USDA Forest Service, The Wilderness Society, Alaska National Parks, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, and many more agencies and nonprofits shared their personal stories about how they came to appreciate their public lands - and why spending time outdoors is a crucial part of their lives!

In recognition of Memorial Day, the cruise also provided an opportunity to recognize the men and women from the Wounded Warrior Project for their service and showcase a tangible example of the freedoms our military personnel protect.

This trip was made possible by the amazingly generous support of Major Marine Tours, Premier Alaska Tours and the National Park Trust!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

61-Acre Palmer Creek Fire Contained and Controlled in Chugach National Forest


The first significant human-caused fire of the season in Chugach National Forest was contained and controlled Friday, May 22 in the late afternoon. A forest crew monitored the 61-acre Palmer Creek fire over Memorial Day Weekend and will continue patrolling it this week. The inactive fire is located south of Hope within the vicinity of the Coeur D’Alene campground – a popular recreation area – on the Upper Palmer Creek Road.

Escaped campfires are the number one ignition source on the forest. Over the course of a typical summer, forest firefighters extinguish nearly 30 abandoned campfires.

Remember, you are responsible for the fires you start. Consider your safety and the safety of others. Do your part to prevent escaped campfires by extinguishing your fire completely. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.

Campfires are allowed in pre-existing fire rings and in established campgrounds and 
recreational areas.

Fire danger remains high in areas of the forest near Cooper Landing.

Visit fire.ak.blm.gov and akfireinfo.com for statewide wildfire information.

Dial 911 to report a fire.

For up-to-date fire danger on the forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/chugach

Friday, May 22, 2015

Be Safe with Wildfire this Memorial Day Weekend

First Human-Caused Fire of Season Ignites on Chugach National Forest.

As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, Chugach National Forest alerts recreationists that fire danger is high in areas of the forest near Cooper Landing, Moose Pass, Hope and Girdwood. Forest wildland fire officials urge extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a fire.

Thursday, May 21, the first human-caused fire of the season ignited on the forest south of Hope in a
popular recreation area. Located within the vicinity of the Coeur D’Alene campground on the Upper
Palmer Creek Road, one engine and a fuels crew responded. Thanks to the hard work from the crew and a Division of Forestry helicopter dropping buckets of water, the 61-acre fire will likely be contained Friday, May 22. An additional forest crew will attend to the fire Friday.

Officials ask recreationists to stay informed of fire danger and be aware of changing weather conditions. Consider your safety and the safety of others and do your part to prevent human-caused fires. “We all have a hand in a safe fire season,” said Acting Wildland Fire Management Officer Bobette Rowe.

On the national forest, campfires are allowed in pre-existing fire rings and in established campgrounds and recreational areas. Follow these guidelines to extinguish your fire completely:
  1. Allow the wood to burn to ash if possible.
  2. Pour lots of water on the fire and drown all embers.
  3. Stir the wet ashes and embers with a shovel.
  4. Scrape any remaining logs to remove embers.
  5. Make sure everything is cold to touch.
  6. If you do not have water, use dirt or sand by mixing in with embers.
  7. Do not bury the fire as it will continue to smolder and may start a wildfire.
REMEMBER: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!

Fireworks are illegal within the forest. Citations will be issued for using fireworks. Penalties include fines up to $500 and/or jail time.

Visit fire.ak.blm.gov and akfireinfo.com for statewide wildfire information. Dial 911 to report a fire.

For more information on fire danger on Chugach National Forest, call (907) 743-9500.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hometown Heroes Celebration & Scouts Day @ Cabela's Anchorage

The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree staff will be on hand to celebrate Hometown Heroes Day. The celebration honors local military and veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency service personnel.

We will be on hand to help celebrate these heroes and make ornaments to send with the Capitol Christmas Tree. Rumor is Smokey Bear is scheduled to make an appearance. Event Details Date: Saturday, May 16th Time: 10am – 4pm Location: Cabela's Anchorage, 155 W 104th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99515