Burn closure expanded to include Tanana and Copper River valleys

A day after initiating a burn closure in Southcentral Alaska due to high fire danger, the Alaska Division of Forestry has done the same for the Tanana Valley north of the Alaska Range and the Copper River Valley.

All open fires, including campfires and charcoal fires, are prohibited on state lands, including state park units, and private and municipal lands within Game Management Units 11, 12, 20, 24 and 25, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 19.

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 that can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use.

Failure to obey the closure could be grounds for legal prosecution.

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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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