The Riley Fire in Denali National Park. Credit: NPS/Tomeo

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska – Denali National Park is CLOSED to all day visitors and additional incoming campers, as the Riley Fire continues to burn near the entrance to the park. All visitor facilities and park trails are closed, though campers with existing reservations who are already at their campsite are permitted to stay.

The Riley Fire continues to be active near the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve, causing park officials to keep the park closed Tuesday, July 2. Smokejumpers and fire crews, combined with strong support from aerial resources, have made significant progress, particularly along the fire’s southern flank.

Visitors at the Riley Creek Campground near the entrance of the park were ordered to evacuate on Sunday, June 30, in addition to those staying in several staff residencies in the area. Single-engine water scoopers and helicopters have taken to the sky above the burn, with the helicopters appearing to be particularly effective.

The exact cause of the fire is unknown. A fire investigator will be brought in to conduct an investigation and provide more details on how the fire started. This person has not been assigned yet.

Map of the Riley Fire as of July 1, 2024. Credit: NPS

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