Burn ban begins

Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Alaska Division of Forestry has suspended open burning in the Kenai-Kodiak area until further notice. The suspension is a result of high winds and no forecasted precipitation for the Kenai Peninsula. The ban includes burn barrels.

Once a change in the weather reduces fire danger, individuals may call the phone number listed on their burning permit to see if the suspension has been lifted.

The use of campfires has not been suspended, but individuals must use caution and ensure that they have adequate clearance from the highly ignitable cured, dead grasses. 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.

The suspension follows a 1.3-acre grass fire on Gilbert Street off Oil Well Road in Ninilchik. Twenty-one firefighters from the division of forestry and the Ninilchik Volunteer Fire Department controlled the blaze on Sunday afternoon.

The FireWise tip for spring is to clear accumulated flammable materials from around structures. Collect fallen branches and rake leaves from nooks and crannies. For a free FireWise visit to help identify wildfire risk to your property on the Kenai Peninsula, call 260-4260.

---- Staff Report

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