Be safe with wildland fire this Memorial Day Weekend

Fairbanks, Alaska — With extreme fire danger levels around much of the state and no relief in sight heading into the Memorial Day Weekend, wildfire officials in Alaska urge extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire.
Lack of precipitation this spring and hot, dry weather for the last week has resulted in extremely dry vegetation around the state, particularly the Interior region, and forecasters predict similar conditions through the weekend.
The holiday weekend traditionally leads to a number of new accidental or negligent wildfire starts from escaped campfires, all-terrain/off-road vehicle usage, debris burning, fireworks, target shooting and other recreational activities.
Burn suspensions for open burning are currently in place for much of the Interior and will likely remain in place through the weekend. While burn permits are not required for small cooking and warming fires, barbeques and approved burn barrels, vigilance is mandatory for any of those activities. In areas where open burning is allowed, you must have a current burn permit and call your local forestry office or go online to see if burning is allowed.
It is important to remember that anyone who starts a wildfire can be held responsible for firefighting costs incurred by the state or federal governments.
For burn permit information, call your local Division of Forestry office or visit the DOF website at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn/. For statewide fire information, visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website at http://fire.ak.blm.gov and http://akfireinfo.com.

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