Katmai National Park Wildfires Update

The following is courtesy of the National Park Service:

The American Creek Fire has burned an estimated 3,186 acres as of June 25. (KATMAI NATIONAL PARK)

Wildfires Update for Katmai National Park

KING SALMON, Alaska — The American Creek Fire, currently burning within the boundaries of Katmai National Park and Preserve, was assessed on June 24, 2024 by an Incident Commander for Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection.  Based on observed fire behavior and the proximity of values identified for protection, the fire continues to pose no immediate threat to public safety or property.  As a precaution, a team of wildland firefighters are assessing the need for onsite evaluations of several cabins and lodges in the vicinity of the fire to begin developing fire mitigation plans, in case conditions should change.  The American Creek Fire and the Naknek Lake Fire (also inside park boundaries) have been monitored by National Park Service and Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection personnel since they were first detected on June 16.  Both fires are likely lightning-caused.

The American Creek Fire is located in the hills south of Nonvianuk Lake, north of Lake Coville near American Creek.  The fire is estimated at 3,186 acres as of June 25, and is burning in mixed spruce and tundra.  The Naknek Lake Fire, located approximately nine miles west of Dumpling Mountain and two miles south of the Naknek Lake southern shoreline, is estimated at 19 acres as of June 25, burning in mixed spruce.  

Regular monitoring has shown that neither fire poses an immediate threat to life or property; however, smoke may be visible from portions of Katmai National Park & Preserve or nearby communities, depending on changing wind conditions.

Further fire information is available at https://fire.ak.blm.gov/.  Air quality information is available at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division’s page at https://dec.alaska.gov/air/anpms/wildfire-smoke/.  For more information about Katmai visit us at www.nps.gov/katm and follow us on facebookflickryoutubetwitter, or instagram.