A small attended burn of cardboard by a homeowner in the Willow area escaped into the surrounding dry grasses just before noon today destroying items of value on the homeowner’s property. The “Bill’s Place Fire” (#091) has been fully suppressed and did not spread to other neighboring properties. Local fire departments from Willow, Houston and Caswell responded and coordinated suppression efforts with Mat-Su Helitack and Mat-Su DOF fire personnel. Alaska State Troopers secured the scene and paramedics with the Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services were on scene in case of any civilian or responder injuries or issues. The fire was stopped at 1/4 acre and no injuries were reported. With drying conditions across the state, homeowners are reminded to follow all burn permit rules including having an area without vegetation around the intended burn area.
As a reminder, burn permits are required from April 1 through August 31. You can pick up a burn permit online at https://dnr.alaska.gov/burn or pick them up at your local forestry office and at many local fire departments.
Read more about protection areas, fire management plans and wildfire in Alaska here: http://forestry.alaska.gov/fire/fireplans