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Fuels Mitigation Project to be Completed in the Horseshoe Lake Area


(Big Lake, AK) – Division of Forestry firefighters will be completing a fuels mitigation project by burning slash piles in the Horseshoe Lake area. The work will start September 19th and continue through mid October.

Each day before piles are ignited, the 911 dispatcher will be contacted and advised. The firefighters will be following safe burning practices by utilizing pressurized water on location, hand tools, large perimeters around the piles that are cleared down to mineral soil, and monitoring of the weather for high winds.

The Division of Forestry works closely with the Matanuska Susitna Borough to create these fuel breaks on Borough and State property. Forestry encourages homeowners do fuels mitigation around their homes. The Alaska Firewise Brochure is available at: http://forestry.alaska.gov/pdfs/firewise09.pdf.  For free assistance with the Firewise program, contact the Matanuska Susitna Boroughs Firewise program, which can be found on the Boroughs website: http://www.matsugov.us/des/firewise.

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