USA: Alaska Fire Fuels Debate on Prescribed Burning
12 July 2001
Source: Society of American Foresters
12 July 2001 — A wildfire that started as a prescribed burn on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula prompted action from Alaska Senators Ted Stevens (R) and Frank Murkowski (R). The Forest Service set a prescribed burn June 15 to clear woody debris in about 1,100 acres of bark beetle-damaged forest in the Chugach National Forest near Kenai Lake. Senators Stevens and Murkowski offered an amendment to the Interior appropriations bill to give the Forest Service more tools to prevent the spread of forest fires by authorizing the Forest Service to use federal money to reduce fire hazards on neighboring private lands, if fuels reduction on federal lands would threaten adjacent nonfederal lands.