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Be safe with wildland fire this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is May 25-27 and forecasts are predicting warm, dry weather.

Vegetation is dry and prone to rapid fire spread as it is still pre-green up.

The holiday weekend traditionally leads to a number of new wildfires that are accidentally or negligently started by escaped campfires, fireworks, all-terrain/off-road vehicle usage, spring debris burning/yard clean up, target shooting, and other activities.

Please consider your safety, and the safety of others; do your part to prevent human-caused fires.

Make sure campfires are completely extinguished, that fireworks are used carefully and only where legal, and adhere to burn permit regulations.

If you build a campfire, make sure tools and water are available, do not leave the fire unattended, and properly dispose of smoking materials. Call 911 to report new fires.

For burn permit information, call your local Division of Forestry office or visit the web site at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn/.

Check with Forestry or call your local fire department to see if burn suspensions have been issued.

Spring is a great time to work on projects around the home. Let the Alaska Firewise brochure help guide you in wildland fire resistant landscaping and construction, and clean up: http://forestry.alaska.gov/pdfs/firewise09.pdf.

The Rural Alaska Fire Prevention Movie is another informative resource: http://mediabasket.com.

For statewide fire information, visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website at: http://fire.ak.blm.gov.

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