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State permits will be required for burning, starting April 1

With Alaska’s wildfire season officially starting on April 1, the Division of Forestry reminds Alaskans that they must have a current burn permit from the division to burn debris or use burn barrels anywhere in the state. Debris that can be burned includes organic material such as leaves, brush, grass, clippings, untreated wood, paper and […]

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State Forestry releases 2020 Red Card and Refresher class schedules

The Alaska Division of Forestry has released its schedule of Basic Firefighter and Fireline Safety Refresher classes for the 2020 wildland fire season. Anyone interested in working as a Division of Forestry wildland firefighter or any support roles associated with wildland firefighting must possess an Incident Qualification Card, commonly called a Red Card, in accordance with the […]

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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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Hunters and campers take note: Mat-Su Borough burn closure includes large parts of Denali and Glenn highways

Hunters heading out to hunt along the Denali or Glenn highways need to be aware that a good portion of both highways are within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and there is an emergency, borough-wide burn closure currently in effect that prohibits all open burning, including campfires and the use of charcoal grills. The portion of the […]

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Extreme conditions extend Alaska wildfire season to September 30

With several wildfires burning in Southcentral Alaska and high fire danger persisting due to continued warm, dry conditions, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige announced today that Alaska’s statutory wildfire season will be extended from August 31 to September 30. “Unprecedented fire risk conditions for the Southcentral and Kenai Peninsula regions and the ongoing […]

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A map showing the location and boundaries of the public access and hunting closure for the Willow Swamp area in Game Management Unit 14A due to the Deshka Landing Fire. For a downloadable PDF version of the map go to

Hunting and public access to Willow Swamp area restricted due to Deshka Landing Fire

Due to the location of the Deshka Landing Fire and related firefighting activity, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed a portion of Game Management Unit 14A to hunting and the Department of Natural Resources has restricted all public access to State lands in the same area. The two agencies issued the closures […]

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Deshka Landing Fire 15% contained; size reduced by 700 acres due to better mapping

As of Thursday evening, the Deshka Landing Fire is not significantly expanding. The estimated size of the fire has been reduced to 1,543 acres, a decrease of almost 700 acres. The reduced acreage is due to better mapping. The fire is 15% contained. No structures or private land have been involved. Approximately 165 firefighters and […]

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