Contact: John See
*BURN BAN* Due to the continuation of dry, windy conditions, Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) officials remind the public that the Municipal-wide ban on all open burning, remains in effect until further notice. Unusually dry spring weather conditions have rendered the vegetation in south central Alaska at very high to extreme fire danger levels. All permitted burns, use of outdoor fires and portable fireplaces have been banned until further notice. The ONLY exception to this ban is covered gas, electric and charcoal barbecue grills and fish smokers.
Weather forecasters are predicting the extreme conditions to continue with only a slight chance for a shower, contributing to the Municipality’s already very challenging firefighting conditions. The cumulative effects of successive weeks of near 70 degree temperatures and very little precipitation have significantly elevated our fire danger throughout the Municipality. “It has been a number of years since Alaskans have seen this level of fire danger this early in the season”, noted Fire Chief, John Fullenwider. “A year ago, we were still shoveling snow at this same time”, he added.
Fire officials are requesting that the public cooperate by adhering to the ban by postponing any outdoor fires until conditions moderate. Fines of $75 per occurrence and the possibility of additional fines will be assessed for violators who ignore the ban. Please contact our forester, John See, at 267-4902 if you have any questions about the burn ban restrictions that have been implemented for the area.
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