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 AFD Rescinds Burn Ban 

  

7/2/2013 | Contact: John See 267-4902
Fire Department

The Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) is rescinding the Municipal-wide burn ban at 6:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Savings Time, today. Although precipitation over the past 24 hours has helped to lower the immediate fire danger, there is a chance that a return to warm and dry weather conditions could necessitate a reinstatement of the ban.  “We are asking the public to work with us on this approach”, remarked AFD Operations Chief, Jim Vignola. It makes sense to allow residents to enjoy open fires, providing that we can do it under low to moderate fire danger conditions.

Before building a fire, please call the AFD burn hotline at 267-5020 to ensure that it is a burn day. If is not a burn day, campfires are not allowed, however, personal use propane, electric, and charcoal grills as well as fires in enclosed devices with a spark arrestor will be allowed as they offer a lower risk of an escaped fire.  Please refer to the AFD safe burning guidelines, including; picking a safe spot to build a fire; extinguishing fires “dead out” when you are done; never leaving a fire unattended; having the proper tools on hand when building a fire; and putting all fires out if winds increase in your area. “The vegetation beneath the forest canopy is still very dry”, Vignola added. AFD is encouraging the public to continue using good judgment and have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

 As a reminder, personal use fireworks are illegal in the Municipality of Anchorage at all times during the year and their use is particularly dangerous during this dry fire season.

Daily Burn Approval information can be obtained by calling 267-5020 or online by visiting http://afd.muni.org/IsTodayaBurnDay/

Burn Permit information can be obtained online by visiting http://www.muni.org/Departments/Fire/Wildfire/Pages/BurnPermits

For questions regarding open burning when allowed may be obtained online by visiting  

Burn_Guidelines_summary.pdf

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