When Fires Get Out Of Control: The Wilson Camp Lightning Fire of 1981

COPPER RIVER HISTORY The Wilson Camp Lightning Fire Of 1981 Could Only Be Stopped By Nature Forest fire in the Copper Valley (Courtesy DNR T...

COPPER RIVER HISTORY
The Wilson Camp Lightning Fire Of 1981 Could Only Be Stopped By Nature

Forest fire in the Copper Valley (Courtesy DNR Tazlina) 


The first Copper River Country Journal was published in 1986. Five years earlier a major fire had stricken Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, across the Copper River. We had not started our newspaper at the time, but the fire was devastating. 

So we wrote a story about that fire, and in the public interest we xeroxed the story on sheets of paper and distributed it at post offices and public locations throughout the region.  In 1989, we reprinted the original tale in the Country Journal. 

And now, in 2021, as Fish & Game plans to burn the Alphabet Hills for moose browse, here it is again:

THE WILSON CAMP LIGHTNING FIRE

EVEN THE COPPER RIVER COULDN'T STOP IT 


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Copyright © Copper River Country Journal, 1981-2021 



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