State prohibits open fires in Southcentral Alaska until further notice

Due to the extremely dry conditions and high fire danger that has resulted in several wildland fires around the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry announced today that all open fires and activities that “unduly increase the fire danger” will be prohibited on state lands, including state park units, and private and municipal lands within Game Management Units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 16 effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Municipality of Anchorage.

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. hat includes all cooking, warming and signaling fires. Gas grills, backpacking or camp stoves using fuel or compressed cansters that can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use.

Read the official order here.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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