Open burning suspended due to high fire risk

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The state Division of Forestry has suspended open burning permits for all areas of the Kenai Peninsula, including Homer and the south Peninsula, until further notice. The Fire Danger Rating is very high for all areas.

Forestry officials discourage lighting any fire outdoors during dry, windy conditions, however, campfires have not been banned at this point. Campfires must be small and located in an area clear of vegetation with permission of the landowner. The fire must be attended at all times until it has been completely extinguished. No one should light a fire outdoors during windy conditions.

Any open burning of brush during fire season requires a burning permit on the western Peninsula and the use of permits is currently suspended. The Forestry burn permit call-in line is 907-260-4269. Individuals in the Bear Creek and Seward areas must contact their fire department before burning outdoors.

Residents should continue to clear their FireWise Defensible Space. Rake around buildings and under bushes and trees and mow and water grass. Pile raked material in a clear area at least 50 feet from structures or haul to the landfill or slash disposal site.

-- Staff report

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