Be safe with wildland fire this Memorial Day weekend

Fairbanks, Alaska — Memorial Day weekend is May 23-26 and forecasts are predicting warm, dry weather. Vegetation is dry and prone to rapid fire spread. The holiday weekend traditionally leads to a number of new wildfires that are accidently 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 and do not leave the fire unattended. Properly dispose of smoking materials. Call 911 to report new fires.

There are ongoing fires around the state. Please pay attention to traffic warnings and do not cause or add to traffic problems by stopping to watch fires or firefighters. Visit http://511.alaska.gov for current traffic information.

For burn permit information, call your local Division of Forestry office or visit the website at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn/. Check with Forestry or call your local fire department to see if burn suspensions have been issued.

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

Enjoy this holiday weekend and remember: Be safe with wildland fires!

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