Current fire and fireworks restrictions to help you have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July

Campfire restrictions

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai Peninsula State Parks, and Chugach National Forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

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  • Open campfires are restricted to designated campgrounds or cabins within enclosed metal fire grates or designated fire rings provided. Use of cooking stoves and gas grills is allowed.
  • Ground fires of any type, including wood or charcoal-based fires, are prohibited in the park and preserve. Use of gas grills and barbeques at campsites is allowed.

Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Interior Field Office (Steese/White Mtns. and Fortymile areas) and Glennallen Field Office (click on links for maps)

  • Open campfires are prohibited except within fire rings at established campgrounds. Charcoal briquette fires in a fire-proof pans, camp stoves, and gas barbeques or grills are allowed in campgrounds and on other BLM lands.

State of Alaska restrictions

  • Temporary burn suspensions are in place in several areas of Alaska. This means no open debris burning or use of burn barrels (fires that already require burn permits). Burn suspensions do NOT restrict the use of fires on private or State of Alaska land for cooking, warming, and signaling fires as long as the fires are less than 3 feet in diameter. 
  • Burn Suspensions are currently in place for the Kenai-Kodiak Area, Anchorage Mat-Su Area, and the Fairbanks Area. These suspensions are evaluated on a daily basis; check with your local Division of Forestry Area Office.
  • Remember that State laws and regulations pertaining to burning practices apply statewide year-round.

Other fire-related restrictions, including fireworks

Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Interior Field Office (Steese and White Mtns., Fortymile area) and Glennallen Field Office (click on link for boundary maps)

  • Pyrotechnic devices, exploding targets, and the non-commercial use/discharge of explosives of any kind, as well as the use/discharge of any kind of fireworks, are prohibited until further notice on all public lands managed by these field offices.

National Park Service and National Forest lands

  • No fireworks, explosives, or pyrotechnic device of any kind may be discharged anywhere within the National Forests or on National Park Service lands, regardless of weather conditions or holidays, at any time of the year.

State of Alaska restrictions

The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office has suspended the sale and use of fireworks until further notice in the following areas:

  • Fairbanks North Star Borough
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough
  • Kodiak Borough
  • Copper River Valley, including Glennallen south to Valdez
  • Tanana Valley north of the Alaska Range
  • Northern Panhandle, including Haines in the north, Skagway, and Juneau to the south

Updates regarding sale and use of and fireworks suspensions status will be posted on the Alaska State Troopers Daily Dispatches under the heading AK Div of Fire and Life Safety.

National Forests

Fireworks and the possession of fireworks are prohibited on National Forest System lands, at any time of year.

Questions regarding this emergency restriction should be directed to:

  • Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (907) 269-8700
  • BLM Alaska Glennallen Field Office (907) 822-3217
  • BLM Alaska Fairbanks District Office (907) 474-2231
  • Kenai Fjords National Park (907) 422-0500
  • Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (907) 262-7021
  • Kenai Area State Parks (907) 262-5581
  • Chugach National Forest (907) 743-9500

Web Links

For more information, contact Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511.

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