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UPDATE: Burn closure for ALASKA



The state closure covers Game Management Units 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25.

Alaska Department of Fish & Game

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Burn ban is still in effect. Past and prevailing weather conditions have caused extremely dry conditions for the Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage, and throughout the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.  The Alaska Division of Forestry and the State Forester determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities which unduly increase the fire danger.

Effective immediately and continuing until further notice all cooking, warming, signaling fires or any type of fire (specifically covered under the burning permit regulations 11 AAC 95.400 – 11 AAC 95.490 and 11 AAC 95.900) are prohibited on state lands, including state park units, and private and municipal lands within Game Management Units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

The term “open fires” refers to any flame source not immediately extinguishable or controllable and applies to any form of wood or charcoal-based fire, even in established fire rings.  Gas grills, backpacking or camp stoves using fuel or compressed canisters which can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use.

Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to follow the fire prohibitions and prevent additional fire starts.  We all have a hand in a safe fire season.

Failure to obey this order shall constitute grounds for prosecution pursuant to AS 41.15.140

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Burn closure still in effect throughout Alaska

(Fairbanks, AK) – Despite a burn closure that is in effect for pretty much the entire state, Division of Forestry firefighters continue to chase down reports of campfires, debris burns and other activities currently prohibited due to the high fire danger that persists throughout Alaska.

There were 152 new fires reported in Alaska over the weekend and while lightning has been the cause for the majority of new fires, many human-caused fires are still being reported. On Saturday, for example, 17 of the 67 new fires reported to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center were started by humans.

The Division of Forestry reminds residents and visitors that a burn closure remains in effect on state, private and municipal lands throughout Alaska, with the exception of the North Slope. Burning is currently prohibited on the Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Tanana Valley, Copper River Valley and western Alaska. The state closure covers Game Management Units 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25.

The state closure pertains to all open burning, including campfires, burn barrels, debris burning and charcoal grills, even in established fire rings or grills. Gas grills and backpacking or camps stoves that use fuel or compressed canisters that can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use.
As of Monday morning, there were 186 active fires burning in the state. Given the high number of fires and the personnel assigned to those fires, the state’s firefighting resources are becoming very limited, forcing fire managers to prioritize resources. Responding to human-caused fires only exacerbates an already serious situation.

The burn closure will remain in effect until further notice and the public will be notified when it is lifted. It will take a substantial rainfall to ease the high fire danger conditions across the state and that has not happened yet.


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