Campfire ban relaxed in most State Park areas update, July 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2015

Campfire ban relaxed in most State Park areas

(Anchorage, AK)– Effective immediately, the prohibition on open fires in the metal fire rings located in developed camp and picnic sites is no longer in effect in Chugach State Park, Wood Tikchik State Park and state parks located in the Northern and Kenai Areas. Open fires on gravel bars below timberline in the Eklutna, Peters, Creek, Eagle River (excluding South Fork and Meadow Cr.) and Bird Creek drainages within Chugach State Park are allowed as are open fires on gravel bars within Wood Tikchik State Park.

Open fires are allowed in most Mat-Su Area parks with the exception of backcountry campsites within the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, and on gravel bars in Denali State Park.

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, such as those found in state park campsites. Gas grills, backpacking or camp stoves using fuel or compressed canisters which can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use in areas where open fires are currently banned. Have fun but also be fire wise! Thanks for your participation!

CONTACT: Claire Holland LeClair, 907-269-8702, claire.leclair@alaska.gov

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