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South Anchorage Wood Lot Opens for Business

The Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) is announcing the re-opening of the south Anchorage wood lot at a new location. On Thursday, June 19, 2014, Alaska Hydro-Ax will re-open the south Anchorage wood lot, which has moved to a snow dump site near 100th Avenue and C Street, across from the south Anchorage Target store. “The wood lots give the public a good alternative to burning woody debris created from defensible space projects, tree removal and eliminating beetle killed spruce trees”, noted AFD Chief, John Fullenwider.  We are sincerely thankful that Alaska Hydro-Ax has agreed to manage the South Anchorage Wood Lot. The wood lot will operate on a nominal fee basis, charging $15 per pickup truck load of woody debris. Hours of operation will be from 10 AM to 6 PM Thursday through Monday and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Please note that the old wood lot location at the South Anchorage Sports Park will remain closed indefinitely.  Residents are cautioned to stop using the Sports Park location and that fines of up to $1,000.00 can be assessed for illegal dumping.

AFD officials are reminding the public that we are still in fire season and before building a fire, please call the AFD burn hotline at 267-5020 to ensure that it is a burn day. If is not a burn day, campfires are not allowed. Personal use propane, electric, charcoal grills and fish smokers, as well as fires in enclosed devices with a spark arrestor, such as a Chiminea or portable fireplace will be allowed as long as they are at least 12 inches above the ground and at least 15 feet from combustible surfaces. These devices lower the risk of an escaped fire by preventing embers from starting new fires.  All permanent fire pits and grills located at recreational sites within the Municipality are also permitted. 

Please refer to the AFD safe burning guidelines, including; picking a safe spot to build a fire; extinguishing fires “dead out” when you are done; never leaving a fire unattended; having the proper tools on hand when building a fire; and putting all fires out if winds increase in your area. Have a safe and fun weekend!

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