Alaska State Fire Marshal lifts suspension on sale and use of fireworks

The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office has lifted the suspension on the use and sale of fireworks in Alaska, effective on Monday, July 29.

This decision was based on the current low to moderate wildfire danger as a result of wetter and cooler weather. The ban was put in place by the State Fire Marshal’s office on June 28 due to extreme fire danger around much of the state.

The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office, in consultation with the State Forester’s Office and in accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 50.025 Fire Code, announced the decision on Monday.

Please be advised some municipalities, boroughs and federal land managers still prohibit the use of fireworks on their lands. People need to check with the appropriate land manager to determine if the use of fireworks is allowed.

Even though wildfire danger around much of the state has lessened due to the recent cooler, wetter weather, the use of fireworks still poses a wildfire threat and is illegal on forested land. According to Alaska Statute Sec. 41.15.070, “During the fire season, a burn closure, or restriction established under AS 41.15.050, a person may not discard any lighted tobacco, cigar, cigarette, match, firecracker, or other burning material on forested land.” Fire season in Alaska is defined as April 1 through August 31.

Even with the moderated fire behavior, wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents keep themselves and others safe by exercising extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. Fire season is not yet over in Alaska. There are approximately 256 active fires in Alaska, 19 of which are still staffed by firefighting personnel. As of Wednesday, July 31 approximately 608 fires have burned an estimated 2.2 million acres this year in Alaska, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

 

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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