Wildfire reported east of Homer; open burning banned

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Personnel from Kachemak Bay Emergency Services, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and the state Division of Forestry responded to a wildfire at Mile 16 of East End Road, outside of Homer, Tuesday evening.

Also Tuesday, the Division of Forestry issued a ban on open burning for the western Kenai Peninsula due to dry, windy conditions.

Burning in barrels is not permitted during the suspension, but campfires are allowed provided individuals use caution. Campfires should be located in a dirt area, in a fire ring and away from vegetation, including, grass, moss, peat and spruce trees. Water to extinguish the fire must be on site, and the fire must be attended to until it is completely out. A fire should not be started during windy conditions.

For more information, visit the Division of Forestry Web site at forestry.alaska.gov, or call 260-4260.

The East End Road fire was reported at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to information provided by the Homer fire department. The fire was about 35 acres in size and spreading through grass, but no structures were threatened. Winds had died down Tuesday evening, giving firefighters a good opportunity to attack the burn.

-- Staff report

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