BLM plans large burn in Anchorage

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some Anchorage residents might see smoke rising from trees in the coming week.

The Bureau of Land Management will burn slash piles along the Viewpoint -- or Tour of Anchorage -- Trail and elsewhere along the border of the BLM's 730-acre tract, which is surrounded by the city 's Far North Bicentennial Park.

The agency said the slash was produced last summer when crews cut down spruce trees along an 80-foot-wide corridor to create a fuel break. Fuel breaks keep fires from racing through flammable spruce crowns.

A chipping service has already collected the larger debris from the summer's work. The rest of the debris is in piles, scheduled for burning next week, if the wind is right.

More spruce trees are to be cut down over the coming summer.

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