Prescribed burns planned for Creamers Field on Friday

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 5:05 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Wildland Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry will be conducting prescribed burns on five fields to reduce fire danger at Creamers Field on Friday. According to Public Information Officer, Tim Mowry, they are the burning in coordination with the Department of Fish and Game.

Mowry said the burns will be done in a safe manner, and firefighters will be on-scene the entire time but that people will still see smoke.

“There is a good chance if you are anywhere in the area that you are probably going to see a column or, you know, several columns of smoke during the course of the day. So don’t panic, don’t freak out, Fairbanks is not going to be on fire, it’s just going to be a controlled burn here at Creamers,” Mowry said.

The burn is scheduled to take place on Friday and last most of the day. Signs posted around Creamers say that the activity will take place from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mowry said that if they are not able to finish the burns on Friday, they may have to do burning on Saturday as well to take advantage of the favorable weather.

Mowry said that during the burning Creamers field will remain open, “The refuge will still be open so people can still come out, and if there is specific areas that are closed, that will be signed - there will be signs posted alerting people that these areas are closed temporarily.”

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