High Fire Danger Predicted for Memorial Weekend
(Soldotna, AK) Dry fuels, along with the forecast for windy and warm weather conditions leading up to the Memorial holiday weekend plus the addition of holiday travelers to the Kenai Peninsula area add up to a higher risk for a large wildland fire.
The Memorial holiday weekend is the beginning of the tourist season to the Peninsula with large numbers of outdoor enthusiasts traveling to the area. Statistics show that 2 out of every 3 fires in Alaska are human-caused. We want to remind everyone to be safe this holiday season.
Preventing human-caused fires is imperative for public safety. It also frees up firefighters and aviation resources to respond to new fires and support existing operations.
Be cautious with anything that could start a fire. Make sure campfires are only built in approved receptacles and are completely extinguished. When building a campfire, make sure tools and water are available nearby, and never leave a fire unattended. Remember, a campfire is your responsibility until the fire is completely out.
Even if a burn permit has been obtained, it does not necessarily mean a fire should be built based upon current weather conditions. Individuals must call 260-4269 prior to burning. For more information visit: http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn or call 260-4200 or 715-4387 for fire information.