Alaska Fire Restrictions update, July 7

State lands

NOTE: The burn closure is still in effect in Southwest Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage. That includes Game Management Units 9, 17, 18, 19 and 21. These areas include lands south and west of McGrath, as well as communities of the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers west of Tanana.

A burn ban/closure is in effect in the Municipality of Anchorage. The only devices currently permitted are fully enclosed electric, charcoal or propane barbecue grills and fish smokers. Charcoal grills are now permitted. Please extinguish charcoal briquettes in a bucket of water. Burn permits are suspended until further notice. Fireworks are not legal within the Municipality.

Suspensions and closures are done on an area by area basis. Please contact your local forestry, borough or federal agency offices for specific information.

A burn suspension prohibiting open debris burning does remain in place; however, in some areas the closure has been rescinded. Check with your local Division of Forestry office for burn suspensions or http://www.forestry.alaska.gov/burn/

Fire Works Suspension update: The State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends you check with your local jurisdiction regarding the use of fireworks. Fireworks can pose an extreme fire danger and also have a tendency to cause physical injuries. Children should never be allowed to play with fireworks and in general, should be taught fire safety. Together we can make Alaska a safe state.

Alaska Wildland Fire Protection Statutes and Regulations Booklet, Section 41.15.070 — Disposal of Burning Materials states: A person who, during the fire season (April 1st- August 31st), throws away lighted tobacco, cigar, cigarette, match, firecracker, or other burning materials on forested land, whether public or private, is guilty of a misdemeanor. Please be responsible with the use of all outdoor fires. You can be held responsible for the cost of suppression efforts for starting a wildland fire.

Municipalities/Boroughs:

In the Fairbanks North Star Borough, campfires and charcoal grills and approved burn barrels are now allowed. Wood cutting activities are now permitted on borough lands. Open burning of debris piles and lawns is suspended per Alaska DNR- Division of Forestry (DOF) Fairbanks Office until further notice. The sale, storing, transportation, or use of Fireworks is banned in the City of Fairbanks. The use or explosion of fireworks is still banned in the Fairbanks North Star Borough until further notice. For further information contact: Lanien Livingston, FNSB Public Information Officer: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fnsbgov; Website: http://www.fnsb.us; Email: LLivingston@fnsb.us.

By order of the Director’s Office the State Forester has lifted the burn closure on all state, private and municipal land on the Kenai Peninsula. Campfires, charcoal BBQ’s, warming, and cooking fires may be used. At this time some federal lands are still under the closure order. Please check with the local agency office for specific restrictions. Kenai Peninsula citizens and visitors must be aware that the “Burn Suspension” is still in effect (no debris burning or burn barrels allowed). This covers the burn permit system of the Division of Forestry where debris piles and burn barrels are of concern. Permits holders are reminded to phone the “burn permit call in number” at 907-260-4269 for updated information for the Kenai Peninsula.

The burn ban on Matanuska-Susitna Borough public lands remains in effect. All open fires including campfires, bonfires, and trash fires are banned on Borough lands. http://www.matsugov.us/

Burn permits for all open burning and burn barrels are still suspended. Permit holders should call (907) 761-6312 for updated information. Campfires, charcoal BBQ’s, warming, and cooking fires are now allowed on private property. Most State campgrounds now allow camp fires in established fire rings or grates. Check the local situation before starting a fire. The use of charcoal grills and propane grills are allowed on Borough lands. Under City code, burning of brush or trash within City limits requires advance permission from Police/Fire Dispatch by calling (907) 352-5401.

Federal lands
 Koyukuk, Nowitna, Innoko, and Selawik National Wildlife Refuges
• Prohibition of all open fires and activities which greatly increase fire danger (including all cooking, warming, signaling fires or any type of open fire)
• Gas grills, backpacking or camp stoves using fuel or compressed canisters which can be regulated and shut off are still permitted.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
• Open Fire Restrictions Lifted on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge-July 7. Effective immediately, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is canceling the open fire restriction on all lands of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge due to recent weather which has reduced the ignition potential for wildfires. Visitors are reminded to use caution with campfires and any ignition source that could spark a wildfire. For additional information, please contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge office during regular business hours at (907) 262-7021.

All Alaska BLM lands (http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en.html). For further information call the Fairbanks District Office at: (907) 474-2200
BLM Lifts Eastern Interior Fire Restrictions.
FAIRBANKS, AK — Recent weather conditions have led the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office to lift the temporary restrictions on open fires and fireworks on the public lands it manages in east-central Alaska.
The closure of the Nome Creek valley of the White Mountains National Recreation Area remains in effect, as does BLM’s temporary prohibition of open fires and fireworks on BLM-managed lands in other parts of Alaska, where fire conditions remain extreme.

BLM Reinstates Temporary Closure of the Western Portion of the White Mountains National Recreation Area Due to Fire Activity-July 5 and still in effect until further notice.

FAIRBANKS, AK — Due to increased activity on the Aggie Creek Fire, the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office has reinstated the temporary closure of the western portion of the White Mountains National Recreation Area. The closure includes the Wickersham Dome Trailhead (Mile 28 Elliott Highway), which is being used as a base camp for firefighters. Also closed are portions of the Wickersham Creek and Trail Creek trails, the Moose Creek Trail, Summit Trail, Lee’s Cabin, Eleazar’s Cabin, the Summit Trail Shelter, and the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter.

National Forest:
Chugach National Forest
• As of June 30th, Chugach National Forest, campfires, stove or charcoal fires are only allowed in Forest Service campgrounds and designated picnic areas with Forest Service provided steel fire rings or grates.

National Parks:
 Denali National Park and Preserve
• Recent rain showers and cooler weather have reduced fire activity and Denali National Park and Preserve officials have lifted the campfire closure in the park and preserve.
• Open fires are now allowed in established fire grates in Riley Creek, Savage River and Teklanika River Campgrounds, and in the 1980 park additions and the preserve.
• Open fires are not allowed in the wilderness portion of the park’s backcountry, which includes most of the original Mt. McKinley National Park.
 Gates of the Arctic National Park
• Prohibition of all open fires and activities that unduly increase fire danger- including any flame source not immediately extinguishable such as charcoal or wood- even in established campfire rings
• Gas grills, backpacking and camp stoves using fuel or compressed canisters that can be regulated and shut off are still permitted
 Katmai National Park and Preserve
• \King Salmon, Alaska: Fire ban lifted at Katmi National Park and Preserve, Alagnak Wild River, and Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve. Recent precipitation has moderated fire danger enough that Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alagnak Wild River, and Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve have lifted burn restrictions. Conditions can change rapidly, so wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed of fire danger and conditions. For updated park information, visit: http://www.nps.gov/katm; http://www.nps.gov/alag, and http://www.nps.gov/ania. Information can also be obtained by calling (907) 246-2113 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
 Kenai Fjords National Park
• Recent precipitation has moderated fire danger enough that the Kenai Fjords National Park has lifted burn restrictions. While campfires are allowed in the park, visitors should minimize impact using existing campfire rings or building their campfires on beaches or gravel bars where water and ice will wash evidence away. Always ensure fires are cold to the touch before leaving them. Conditions can change rapidly, so wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed of fire danger and conditions. We all have a hand in a safe fire season. For statewide wildfire information, visit http://fire.ak.blm.gov. For updated park information, visit http://www.nps.gov/kefj.
 Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
• Wildfire managers are discouraging visitors and residents from lighting campfires or other open flame sources
 Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
• Prohibition of all open fires and activities that unduly increase fire danger, including ground fire of any kind- wood or charcoal-based
• Gas grills and barbeques at campsites will be permitted
 Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
• Effective immediately, open fires may be built as allowed by park regulations on all Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve lands.
Rain and generally wet weather over the past several days, in combination with forecasted conditions, is allowing the fire ban to be lifted. But conditions can change rapidly, so wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to stay informed on current conditions and potential fire danger. While campfires are now allowed in the preserve, wind and warm temperatures can quickly dry vegetation and increase the fire danger potential. Visitors are reminded to be careful with any open flame. Visitors are also encouraged to build their campfires on beaches or gravel bars where water and ice will wash evidence away.

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