All Open Fires Prohibited in Kenai Fjords National Park

Seward, Alaska – Past and prevailing weather conditions have caused the Kenai Peninsula, including the Kenai Fjords National Park, to be extremely dry. Park officials have determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities, which unduly increase the fire danger. The period of this ban will generally correspond to fire ban decisions put in place by the State of Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and will be managed independently based on the wide geographic range and diversity of available fuels within the park boundaries.

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. Backpacking and camp stoves using fuel or compressed canisters that can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use.

The National Weather Service has routinely issued red flag warnings for continued hot, dry and windy weather conditions throughout southern Alaska. This has contributed to extreme fire conditions that would promote large fire growth very quickly.

While there are no fires in Kenai Fjords National Park, there are 49 fires burning in the state of Alaska. Drift smoke from large area fires may be visible from the park.

Vigilance is mandatory for any activities that may cause a spark. Please consider your safety and the safety of others: do your part to prevent human-caused fires.

For updated park information, visit http://www.nps.gov/kefj.

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