The National Park Service continues to monitor and respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, working closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our employees, partners, volunteers, and park visitors.
Masks are optional when visiting Katmai at this time. We encourage people to social distance whenever possible and use the hand sanitizing stations that are available throughout Brooks Camp.
Katmai staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that we are following CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. Find more information about the National Park Service’s response and operations at NPS Public Health Update (U.S. National Park Service).
Be sure to continue to monitor this page prior to your trip as we expect changes throughout the summer. We look forward to welcoming you and working together to recreate responsibly.
Contact Creek and Idavain Fire (June 13, 2022 update)
Contact Creek Current Acreage: 8,914.4 Acres (perimeter based on 6/8/22, 1:33 PM satellite image). Today: The Contact Creek fire appears to have reached the north side of Angle Creek. With cooler temperatures and increases to Relative Humidity (with a chance of showers over the next 2 days and rain forecasted for Friday) fire behavior should continue to decrease proportionally. However, until the fire receives a wetting rain event or the fire consumes available fuels up to a natural barrier, expect diminished but incremental growth.
Idavain Fire Current Acreage: 10 acres (perimeter based on 6/7/22, 1:17 PM satellite image) Today: No smoke or heat was observed on this fire on recon flights on June 7 and June 8. Until substantial drying occurs, expect continued lack of smoke and observable heat. Dormant hotspots could come back to life with hot/dry weather.Smoke Information: Based on the 48 hr smoke forecast model smoke is predicted to impact King Salmon and Brooks Camp, however it is primarily from fire activity occurring throughout southwest Alaska.
BackgroundThe Contact Creek Fire (#151), burning 40 miles southeast of King Salmon, started on May 29, 2022. The fire continues to be monitored by National Park Service and Alaska Division of Forestry personnel as it burns in a limited management area in Katmai National Park & Preserve. The fire is burning in approximately the top three inches of vegetation where conditions have dried and is considered a “shallow burn.”
The fire is twenty miles from the nearest native allotment. Crews have finished wrapping a Remote Automated Weather System (RAWS) located approximately 1.5 miles from the fire in protective structure wrap to reduce the impacts of the fire if it should it reach the weather system. Regular aerial surveillance will occur and updates will be posted to https://akfireinfo.com/ as new details or images become available.
Last updated: July 1, 2022