<![CDATA[ BLM Alaska News Release Feed ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/rss/newsreleases/ak.html BLM Alaska News Releases en-us Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:29:47 -0600 News AK_AKSO_Public_Room@blm.gov (Alaska Info) <![CDATA[ Alaska Fire Service urges public to keep drones away from wildfires (6-29-2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/6-29-2015_Alaska_Fire_Service_urges_public_to_keep_drones_away_from_wildfires.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/6-29-2015_Alaska_Fire_Service_urges_public_to_keep_drones_away_from_wildfires.html Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:29:47 -0600 [Fairbanks, AK] - For the second year in a row, drones flown by hobbyists have encroached in airspace and forced the shut-down of air operations over an active wildfire.
On June 24th, airtanker operations were suspended on a San Bernardino National Forest wildfire in southern California, after a drone flown by a member of the public was detected in the fire area. The same thing happened the next day on another nearby fire. 
In both cases, air operations had to be suspended for up to two hours while aviation managers scrambled to ensure that the drones were clear of the fire area. 
Officials are concerned that the same thing could happen in Alaska.
“Public use of drones is posing an increasing hazard to firefighting pilots, air crews and even ground crews,” said Kent Slaughter, manager of Alaska Fire Service (AFS) in Fairbanks. “People must understand how dangerous drones can be for people in the air.” Slaughter added that this concern is especially relevant to Alaska, where air operations are widely used.
Airtankers, helicopters and other aircraft are often flown at very low altitudes, typically just a few hundred feet above the ground, when fighting forest and rangeland fires. Because this is roughly the same altitude that hobbyists fly drones, it creates the potential for a midair collision that could seriously injure or kill pilots and other fire personnel.
Federal, state, and local wildfire managers are urging the public not to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as “drones,” within or near wildfires. “Hobby drones are usually so small, they are practically impossible for pilots to see—and avoid,” noted Slaughter. “The last thing our pilots need to worry about is the possibility of flying into a drone.”

“These aircraft simply don’t belong over or even near wildfires.” ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM begins Placer Mining Reclamation Project at Jack Wade Creek (6-29-2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/6-29-2015_BLM_begins_Placer_Mining_Reclamation_Project_at_Jack_Wade_Creek.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/6-29-2015_BLM_begins_Placer_Mining_Reclamation_Project_at_Jack_Wade_Creek.html Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:52:22 -0600 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska staff began project work June 15 on Jack Wade Creek in the Fortymile Wild and Scenic River Corridor with the goal of developing new reclamation techniques on placer-mined streams which will ultimately result in healthy fish and wildlife habitat.

The project was designed to accelerate the recovery of in-stream and riparian habitats in a historically mined area. The techniques used will take into account major limiting factors unique to Alaska, including significant ice accumulation and short growing seasons.
“We are testing new techniques with the hope that this project will help miners find new ways to approach reclamation so that streams are stable and functioning following completion of mining,” said BLM Alaska Deputy State Director for Resources Steve Cohn. “We have a great opportunity to help miners operate sustainably and provide for the recovery of public lands.”
Workshops are scheduled for the first week of September for miners and others to learn more about the techniques used in the project and evaluate stream recovery rates.
Under a contract with the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District, local heavy equipment operators will perform the work. The work will include excavation of the stream channel, construction of riffles and pools, and transplanting of vegetation. Mobilization at the site began June 15, with completion of construction expected by the week of July 5.  
Additional project information will be posted and available at:  http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/minerals/reclamation/jack_wade_creek.html   The date, time and location of the workshops will be announced in a news release, posted online at http://www.blm.gov/ak, and disseminated locally within the Fortymile Mining District.
<![CDATA[ Temporary Fire Activity Closure in White Mountains Wickersham Dome area (6-25-2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/6-25-2015_temp_wickersham_dome_closure.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/6-25-2015_temp_wickersham_dome_closure.html Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:19:49 -0600 FAIRBANKS, AK — The Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office has temporarily closed public access to the western portion of the White Mountains National Recreation Area due to ongoing wildland fire activity associated with the Aggie Creek Fire.  The closure includes the Wickersham Dome Trailhead (Mile 28 Elliott Highway), which will be used as a base camp for firefighters.  Also closed are portions of the Wickersham Creek and Trail Creek trails, the Moose Creek Trail, Summit Trail, Lee’s Cabin, Eleazar’s Cabin, the Summit Trail Shelter, and the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter.

More fire information is available at http://akfireinfo.com. ]]> <![CDATA[ Temporary Fire Activity Closure in White Mountains Nome Creek Area (6-24-2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/6-24-2015_Temporary_Fire_Activity_Closure_in_White_Mountains_Nome_Creek_Area_.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/6-24-2015_Temporary_Fire_Activity_Closure_in_White_Mountains_Nome_Creek_Area_.html Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:13:10 -0600 FAIRBANKS, AK — The Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office has temporarily closed public access to the Nome Creek area in the White Mountains National Recreation Area due to ongoing wildland fire activity near US Creek.  The closure includes the Ophir Creek Campground, Mt. Prindle Campground, Table Top Mountain Trail, Quartz Creek Trail, and Nome Creek Road.  The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities yesterday closed the US Creek Road, which provides the only road access to Nome Creek from the Steese Highway. 

More fire information available at http://akfireinfo.com. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Public Comments on Use of Three New Herbicides (6/19/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/BLM_Seeks_Public_Comments_on_Use_of_3_New_Herbicides_06192015.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/BLM_Seeks_Public_Comments_on_Use_of_3_New_Herbicides_06192015.html Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:41:35 -0600 Read here: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/June/nr_06_19_2015.html ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Alaska Issues Fire Prohibitions (06/16/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/blm_alaska_issues.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/blm_alaska_issues.html Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:07:41 -0600 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Bureau of Land Management has issued Fire Prevention Orders temporarily prohibiting fireworks and all open fires on BLM-managed public lands in Alaska, excluding the North Slope. The recent hot, dry and windy weather in Interior Alaska has resulted in extreme fire conditions and led the National Weather Service to issue numerous Red Flag Warnings.

The orders are effective until fire conditions improve.

There are a few exemptions to this order. The public may continue to use established fire rings and barbeque grills at established BLM campgrounds and waysides. The public may also build, maintain, attend or use charcoal briquette fires in a fire-proof pan or grill or use a gas barbeque, grill or campstove.

BLM field office managers ask visitors and residents to follow the fire prohibitions and to exercise extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. It is important that all public land users do their part to minimize the risks associated with wildland fire.

Information on statewide wildfires and BLM’s temporary fire restrictions may be found at http://akfireinfo.com.

For information on specific areas, please contact your local BLM office. Office locations and numbers, along with the fire restriction orders, are available at www.blm.gov/ak. ]]>
<![CDATA[ National Trails Day Project Promotes Wildfire Preparedness (6/1/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/NTD_Project_Promotes_Wildfire_Preparedness.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/june/NTD_Project_Promotes_Wildfire_Preparedness.html Mon, 1 Jun 2015 13:45:29 -0600

ANCHORAGE – On June 6, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites trail lovers of all ages to Campbell Tract to celebrate trails and make the tract safer in the event of wildfire. ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Requests Nominations and Comments for 2015 NPR-A (5/28/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/5-28-2015_BLM_Requests_Nominations_and_Comments_for_2015_NPR-A_.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/5-28-2015_BLM_Requests_Nominations_and_Comments_for_2015_NPR-A_.html Thu, 28 May 2015 11:21:50 -0600

ANCHORAGE, AKThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published a notice in the Federal Register for nominations and comments on available tracts to be considered for inclusion in the BLM’s fall 2015 oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). ]]> <![CDATA[ BLM Seeks Nominations to Resource Advisory Council (5/22/2015) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/BLM_Seeks_Nominations_to_RAC_052215.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/BLM_Seeks_Nominations_to_RAC_052215.html Fri, 22 May 2015 10:09:55 -0600

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Bureau of Land Management in Alaska announced it is seeking public nominations for open positions on its Resource Advisory Council (RAC). As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 30 days. Nominations must be received no later than June 20, 2015. ]]> <![CDATA[ Notice of Tundra Closure for National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (5/18/15) ]]> http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/npra_tundra_closure.html http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom/2015/may/npra_tundra_closure.html Tue, 19 May 2015 10:29:10 -0600 FAIRBANKS, AK — The Bureau of Land Management’s Arctic Field Office announced the closure of winter overland tundra travel for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Snow and weather conditions in the NPR-A are no longer adequate for winter overland tundra travel.

For additional information, contact Stacie McIntosh at (907) 474-2310, or the Arctic Field Office at (907) 474-2200.