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DNR Release: Very High Fire Danger on the Kenai Peninsula

(Soldotna, AK) – The forecast for very dry and windy conditions today on the Kenai Peninsula reminds us that the fire season is well underway.  Alaska Division of Forestry personnel are busy and have responded locally to 17 fires this season, most of which were human-caused.

Preventing human-caused fires is imperative for public safety and preventing the loss of property.  If the public notices unattended campfires or other inappropriate fire related activities, they are encouraged to contact 911 right away.

A reminder that the Alaska Division of Forestry has suspended permitted open burning on the Kenai Peninsula until further notice.  Burning in burn barrels is also suspended at this time.

Individuals should check any fires they have lit in the past month to ensure that they are completely out.  Last year, Forestry personnel responded to fires which reignited more than four months after the original burn pile had taken place during the winter.

Call 260-4211 for fire information or visit: http://forestry.alaska.gov/wildland.  The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website http://fire.ak.blm.gov has current fire information, maps, statistics, and other helpful resources regarding wildland fires in Alaska.

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