Escaped cardboard burn in Willow highlights tinder dry conditions even with snow nearby

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.

What appears to be a “simple” cardboard burn results in the fire spreading through tinder dry grass into the private land owner’s nearby possessions. Video credit: Kale Casey/Alaska Division of Forestry
Firefighters from Willow, Houston and Caswell fire departments suppress the escaped fire. Video credit: Kale Casey/Alaska Division of Forestry
Mat-Su prevention techs and helitack firefighters coordinate with the initial attack helicopter. Video credit: Kale Casey/Alaska Division of Forestry
Even with snow nearby dry grass and brush carry fire very quickly. Video credit: Kale Casey/Alaska Division of Forestry

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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