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Hunting and public access to Willow Swamp area reopened

With the Deshka Landing Fire near Willow now at 95 percent containment and firefighters no longer working in the area, a hunting and public access closure to a portion of Game Management Unit 14A in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is being rescinded. The Willow Swamp area will again be open to the public effective at 8 […]

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Burn suspension lifted on Kenai Peninsula as of 8 a.m. today

With moderating weather and precipitation experienced throughout the Kenai Peninsula over the weekend, the burn suspension that was in effect has been lifted as of 8 a.m. on Monday, September 9. However, due to the extension of Alaska’s wildland fire season from August 31 to September 30, burn permits are still required for any open […]

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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 […]

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Burn closure lifted, but burn suspensions remain in Kenai, Mat-Su

Gradual reduction of extreme danger from existing or new wildfires in some parts of Southcentral Alaska may be creating public confusion about what burning is allowed, and what is still prohibited, a state forestry official said today. “We appreciate the public’s understanding of our need to err on the side of caution when it comes […]

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Burn closure to be lifted for Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su boroughs

An emergency burn closure issued two weeks ago on state, private and municipal lands in the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs is being rescinded effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. With cooler, wetter weather moving into Southcentral Alaska over the weekend, fire danger and the potential for large fire growth on the Kenai Peninsula […]

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More rain means less wildfire activity in Bristol Bay region

Rain continued to put a damper on wildfires burning in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska on Monday. Cooler, wetter weather has brought rain to most of the fires still burning and smoldering in Southwest Alaska, helping to moderate fire activity. Nearly an inch of rain has fallen at the King Salmon airport in […]

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Dry conditions keep Tokaina fires active south of Glenn Highway near Tazlina Lake; state forestry monitoring

The Alaska Division of Forestry is continuing to monitor a group of four wildfires burning south of the Glenn Highway near Tazlina Lake. The Tokaina Creek, Tokaina 2, Tokaina 3 and Tokaina 4 fires are all burning in close proximity about 15 miles south of the Glenn Highway and 30 miles southwest of Glennallen. At […]

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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 […]

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Burn closure for Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula boroughs amended to allow campfires in firefighting camps

An emergency burn closure prohibiting all open burning and the use of charcoal grills in the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs has been amended to allow warming and cooking fires in firefighting camps. The order, which took effect on August 21, was amended to read: “Warming and cooking campfires as defined under 11 AAC 95.412 […]

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Part of Nancy Lake State Recreation Area re-opened to public

Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation Director Ricky Gease announced today that much of Nancy Lake State Recreation Area has been re-opened to the public as a result of good progress made containing the Deshka Landing Fire. The state recreation area near Willow was closed last week due to danger posed by the fire, […]

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