Red flag fire warning in Kenai Peninsula

The Division of Forestry has issued a red flag warning for high fire danger in the Kenai Peninsula and suspended open burning until 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service predicts wind gusts of 15 to 25 miles per hour with humidity down to 13 percent into Wednesday across the Kenai Peninsula. Across the Cook Inlet winds gusts are expected to reach up to 35 mph through Wednesday night. Partly sunny skies and temperatures into the 60’s are expected in the central peninsula the rest of the week.

Darren Finley, Fire Prevention Officer for the Division of Forestry said high winds and low humidity increased the potential for fire activity. For the time being, the first burn suspension of the year is in effect, which includes the use of burn barrels, he said.

Landowners are reminded to re-check any fires that may have recently started to ensure the area is extinguished and take extra precautions, he said.

— Staff report

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