KENAI (AP) -- The state Division of Forestry has set the official start of the fire season on the Kenai Peninsula.
Beginning May 1, permits will be needed to burn brush, grass and yard debris. A permit also will be needed from the state if anyone is planning to clear more than 40 acres of land or if they'll be burning anything causing black smoke, toxic gases or odors that could impact people downwind.
State law requires that the ground must be cleared around a fire and that a person must not leave fires unattended before they're extinguished.
Most of the wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula and around Kodiak Island happen sometime between May and July, officials said.
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