Mat-Su Valley burn suspension to be lifted at noon today; Kenai Peninsula burn suspension remains in effect

Due to significant rainfall yesterday and last night, the burn permit suspension that has been in effect for the Matanuska-Susitina Valley will be lifted at noon today, Sunday, September 8. Open debris burning and the use of burn barrels will be allowed at that time with an Alaska Division of Forestry burn permit.

THE BURN PERMIT SUSPENSION ON THE KENAI PENINSULA, HOWEVER, REMAINS IN EFFECT. NO OPEN DEBRIS BURNING OR USE OF BURN BARRELS IS ALLOWED UNTIL THE SUSPENSION IS LIFTED. The Kenai/Kodiak Area Forestry office will be re-evaluating the burn suspension on Monday.  

Due to prolonged drought and wildfire activity in Southcentral Alaska, the Division of Forestry has extended the end of Alaska’s wildland fire season from August 31 to September 30. BURN PERMITS ARE REQUIRED THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER FOR ANY OPEN DEBRIS BURNING AND THE USE OF BURN BARRELS IN ALL AREAS AROUND THE STATE.

During a burn suspension, all permitted burning – including open debris (brush) burning and the use of burn barrels – is prohibited, but campfires under 3 feet in diameter with flame lengths less than 2 feet high are allowed, as is the use of charcoal grills. The Division of Forestry evaluates conditions on a daily basis to determine whether a burn suspension is warranted in a specific area. That information is posted on the Division of Forestry’s burn permit webpage at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn under the link titled, “Are conditions OK to burn today?” People can click on a map to determine if there is a burn suspension in the Area in which they live. People can also call a recorded number at their local Forestry Area office (listed below) to see if burning is allowed.

Here is a list of the recorded burn hotline numbers for Division of Forestry Area offices around the state:

  • Delta Junction – 895-5483
  • Fairbanks – 451-2631
  • Kenai/Kodiak – 260-4269
  • Mat-Su – 761-6312
  • Tok – 883-1413 ext. 2303
  • Valdez/Copper River – 822-5533

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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