Open burning restrictions in place

The Alaska Division of Forestry has suspended permitted open burning on the Kenai Peninsula after noon each day until further notice is given due to dry conditions.

Burning with a valid permit from the Division of Forestry is allowed between 6 a.m. and noon if terms listed on the permit are followed. Individuals with burning permits issued by their city fire department or fire service area must call their department for authorization to burn.

The division advises individuals to check any fires they have lit in the past month to ensure they are not smoldering and are completely out.

Burning permits are not required for private lands within Chugach National Forest areas and across Kachemak Bay from Homer, but compliance with these burning restrictions is strongly advised.

Use of campfires has not been suspended, but individuals are advised to be cautious with any fires outdoors until the fire danger is reduced. A person may face criminal charges and be held liable for fire suppression costs and damages if they fail to control a fire that they ignite.

Homeowners are encouraged to clear all flammable materials from around structures, rake leaves from small areas and move firewood and recreational vehicles away from structures. For a free FireWise visit to help identify wildfire risk to your property on the Kenai Peninsula, call 260-4260. More information at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/ or http://forestry.alaska.gov/wildland.htm

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