Free brush disposal at more landfills helps Alaskans safely firewise homes

Alaskans are busy clearing brush and cutting beetle kill around their homes, cabins, outbuildings and businesses. With increased Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding there are many more free brush disposal programs across the state. Wherever you are in Alaska, take a moment to check and see where and when you are able to dispose of your woody debris. Having access to free brush disposal means that people use burn piles and burn barrels less frequently, resulting in fewer escaped or human caused wildfires.

2022 Prevention & Preparedness Week Field Report by DOF PIO Kale Casey showing the popularity of the free brush disposal program at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill in Palmer.

With the dry spring winds blowing across the state and new human caused fires popping up daily, safely disposing of brush and woody debris is more important than ever both for your peace of mind and for your surrounding community as well. Escaped burn barrel fires spread quickly into neighboring properties causing damage or destruction. This field report was filmed at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill in Palmer on yet another windy, sunny and dry day.

Sometimes the piles of debris get so large that the landfill managers need to chip or burn the materials to make room for more.

As a reminder, burn permits are required from April 1 through August 31. You can pick up a burn permit online at or pick them up at your local forestry office and at many local fire departments. 

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Categories: AK Fire Info, Alaska DNR - Division of Forestry (DOF), Fire Prevention, Firewise

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