Five weekend blazes keep firefighters busy

Division of Forestry suspends all burn permits

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2002

Crews are containing several small fires on the southern Kenai Peninsula, and the state has suspended all burn permits in the Kenai-Kodiak area due to extreme fire danger in parts of the area.

Sunday, the state Division of Forestry reported it was monitoring five fires, mostly in the Anchor Point area.

Firefighters from Forestry and the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department responded about 11 a.m. to a 1.5 acre fire near the Russian Old Believer village of Nikolaevsk.

Four other blazes remained under observation. They were located off Cottonfield Road near Stariski, near Bear Cove on the south shore of Kachemak Bay, near Augusta Lane near Anchor Point and a 2-acre grass fire between Homer and Anchor Point.

Forestry officials stress that fire danger remains from very high to extreme due to dry conditions and wind. They ask residents not to burn slash or debris until further notice.

Campfires, cooking fires, warming fires and fires in containers are permitted, but with cautions. Such fires must be monitored until out and have water available.

Burn barrels must be covered by metal screens and are banned in the city of Kenai. Campfires must be on dirt away from vegetation or structure. Never burn during windy conditions.

Anyone whose fire gets away and causes a wildland fire may be held responsible for fire suppression costs and criminal penalties.

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