Despite rain, burn closure remains in effect for Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su boroughs

Just a reminder that even with rain falling on the Kenai Peninsula and parts of the Mat-Su Valley yesterday and today, the emergency burn closure put in place for the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs on August 21 remains in effect and will continue through the holiday weekend. While the rain helped to dampen surface fuels, it was not substantial enough to reach the deeper layers of duff that are extremely dry because of the prolonged drought conditions leading up to yesterday’s rain.

All burning, including campfires and the use of charcoal grills, is prohibited. Devices that can be turned on and off, such as gas and pellet grills and backpacking or camp stoves that use fuel or compressed fuel canisters, are allowed. The closure includes campfires in established fire pits or rings in designated campgrounds.

We know this closure is an inconvenience, especially on a holiday weekend, but it is a small price to pay to ensure that we do not have any new wildfire starts. Even with the rain, conditions remain very dry and another weather system is expected to bring high winds to the Kenai Peninsula and parts of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley on Sunday that will likely negate the effects of what rain did fall, as well as test containment lines on the Swan Lake Fire, McKinley and Deshka Landing fires.

We ask that you please adhere to the burn closure to prevent any additional human-caused wildfires that would further strain the firefighting resources that are working to suppress and contain the current fires burning.

Categories: AK Fire Info

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