Fire prevention orders issued for Alaska BLM lands

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Alaska Bureau of Land Management has issued Fire Prevention Orders temporarily prohibiting fireworks and all open fires on BLM-managed public lands in Alaska, excluding the North Slope. The recent hot, dry and windy weather in Interior Alaska has resulted in extreme fire conditions and led the National Weather Service to issue numerous Red Flag Warnings.

The orders are effective until fire conditions improve.

There are a few exemptions to this order. The public may continue to use established fire rings and barbeque grills at established BLM campgrounds and waysides. The public may also build, maintain, attend or use charcoal briquette fires in a fire-proof pan or grill or use a gas barbeque, grill or campstove.

BLM field office managers ask visitors and residents to follow the fire prohibitions and to exercise extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. It is important that all public land users do their part to minimize the risks associated with wildland fire.

The BLM fire prevention orders may be viewed here.

For information on specific areas, please contact your local BLM office. Office locations and numbers, along with the fire restriction orders, are available at www.blm.gov/ak.

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